Future skills-based immigration system: Why?
The UK government wishes to leave the EU and end free movement of people. As a result, they will introduce a future skills-based immigration system. This new system will start to operate from the end of the Implementation Period, which will depend on when the UK reaches a deal with the EU (if any deal is reached).
Why a new immigration system?
As the UK is currently part of the EU, EU nationals and their family members are not subject to the same immigration system in the UK than other migrants.
EU nationals and their family members are under EU law and enjoy what is called ‘free movement of people’ allowing them to enter the UK with only their current passport or national ID card. They can also study and work in the UK without requiring a visa.
Other migrants have to apply for a visa to work or study in the UK and sometimes, depending on their nationality, to just visit the UK.
Once (or if) the UK leaves the EU, the UK government wants, on the same occasion, to end ‘free movement of people’. This means that EU nationals and their family members will require a visa to work or study in the UK.
In order to do so, the UK needs to update its immigration system to now include EU nationals and their family members. Therefore, this is the reason why the UK government is introducing this new skills-based immigration system.
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