Visa application for UK’s new points-based immigration system kicks in today — here’s all you need to know

Visa application for UK’s new points-based immigration system kicks in today — here’s all you need to know
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  • The UK’s new post-Brexit points-based immigration system, described by the government as “simple, effective and flexible” will bring home “the brightest and the best” from around the globe.
  • Indian-origin Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel also brought back the post-study work visa last year, after Theresa May scrapped it in 2012.
  • These are the key rules in the UK’s new points-based visa and immigration.
  • Alongside the skilled worker visa, a number of other routes have opened today — here are the details.
Indians now will be able to find it easy to work and study in the UK as applications for new points-based visa and immigration systems kicks in today (December 1).

The UK’s new post-Brexit points-based immigration system, described by the government as “simple, effective and flexible” will bring home “the brightest and the best” from around the globe, including India.

Although the applications are now open, the UK Home Office said applicants for the new Skilled Worker Visa could work and live in the UK from January 1, when the Brexit transition period ends to bring European Union (EU) migrants in line with non-EU countries.

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This brings in the country’s biggest immigration change in the last 50 years. Indian-origin Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel also brought back the post-study work visa last year, after Theresa May scrapped it in 2012.

“The new immigration rules will ensure that businesses can recruit the most highly qualified from across the globe to drive the economy forwards and keep the UK at the frontier of innovation,” the UK Home Office said in a statement.

These are the key rules in the UK’s new points-based visa and immigration
  • Points will be awarded for a job offer at the appropriate skill level, knowledge of English and being paid a minimum salary. And, the visas will be awarded to those who gain enough points.
  • People will normally need to be paid at least £25,600 per year unless the ‘going rate’ for that job is higher.
  • Applications are made online, and as part of this, people will need to prove their identity and provide their documents.
  • Once someone outside the UK has applied after finishing all these steps, they will usually get a decision within 3 weeks. The visa lasts for up to 5 years before it needs to be extended.
  • You will also need to have enough money to pay the application fee (ranging from £610 to £1,408), the healthcare surcharge (usually £624 per year) and be able to support themselves (usually by having at least £1,270 available in their accounts).
Alongside the skilled worker visa, a number of other routes have opened today.

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  • UK Global Talent visa: The Global Talent visa is for people who can show they have exceptional talent or exceptional promise in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology or arts and culture.
  • UK Innovator visa: The Innovator visa is for a person seeking to establish a business in the UK based on an innovative, viable and scalable business idea.
  • UK Start-up visa: The Start-up visa is for a person seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time.
  • UK Intra-company Transfer visa: The Intra-company Transfer visa is for established workers who are being transferred by the business they work for to do a skilled role in the UK.
The student route opened up on October 5 this year and replaced the old Tier 4 visa route.

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