The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will deny visas to low-skilled workers, the government has announced today.
A new points based system will be introduced from 1st January 2021 and will end dependence on “cheap labour from Europe”.
The salary threshold for skilled migrants will be £25,600 and those coming to the UK must already have a job offer and speak English.
EU and non-EU nationals will be treated equally with priority given to those with “the greatest talents”, such as engineers and scientists.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“This is the first time in decades the government has been able to take back control, run its own immigration system after we’ve left the EU, end free movement, end low-skilled migration to our country; which means that we will get migration numbers down.