YOUR STRAIGHTFORWARD GUIDE TO THE NEW UK VISA POINTS-BASED SYSTEM

The UK’s new Points-based System for immigration has recently launched. Here’s what you’ll discover in this article:

The new rules will consider all non-UK (and non-Irish) nationals equally. This means European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) nationals will use the same skilled worker visa regime as holders of other passports if they intend to come to the UK to work for more than six months.

If you’re thinking of applying for a UK visa under the new Points-based System here’s what you need to know about the changes. 

And if you’re a UK-based employer, you can find out what the change mean for your business in our post How to Successfully Navigate the New UK Points-based System for Employers

Before you get started, why not keep yourself up to date with the latest UK visa and travel developments by joining the Help with my visa! mailing list?

We’ll send you 2-4 emails per month with links to useful resources, interviews with visa and travel professionals and business updates so you can keep on top of your next UK visa application.

Just fill out the form opposite and we’ll add you to our list. 

.

Before you get started, why not keep yourself up to date with the latest UK visa and travel developments by joining the Help with my visa! mailing list?

We’ll send you 2-4 emails per month with links to useful resources, interviews with visa and travel professionals and business updates so you can keep on top of your next UK visa application.

Just fill out the form below and we’ll add you to our list. 

.

UK Work Visa Major Changes

The new UK visa Points-based System introduced major changes for both visa applicants and UK-based employers.

Changes for UK visa applicants:

    • Removal of overall cap for UK Skilled Worker visa applications
    • No more monthly Certificate of Sponsorship panels to decide visa quotas
    • Qualifying jobs require a lower A-level qualification or equivalent, not Bachelor degrees as previously
    • Clearer points-based eligibility criteria make it easier to understand how you can qualify for a UK skilled worker visa

Changes for UK-based employers:

    • Removal of requirement for a Resident Labour Market Test
    • Requirement for a Sponsor Licence if you hire non-UK or non-Irish nationals
    • Introduction of an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) for each visa national you employ

How the new UK visa Points-based System works

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has published detailed policy and guidance documents on the new UK visa Point-based System changes. Using these documents and several immigration forums we’ve attended over the past few months with UKVI and major immigration lawyers, we’ve put together this overview of how the new UK visa Points-based System works.

Under the new UK visa Point-based System, as a visa applicant you’ll need to score 70 points to qualify for a skilled worker visa. 50 of these points must come from the Mandatory Criteria, and 20 Points from one or a combination of both Tradeable Criteria.

Mandatory Criteria

All visa applications under the UK Points-based System will need to score 50 points from the Mandatory Criteria:

Visa applicants score 50 points by meeting all three Mandatory Criteria.

A full list of UK Skilled Worker visa eligible job roles is available on the UKVI website.

Tradeable Criteria

A further 20 points are available from one or both of the Tradeable Points categories:

Salary:

    • Must be greater than £20,480
    • 80% of relevant salary gives 0 points
    • 90% of relevant salary gives 10 points
    • 100% or more of relevant salary gives 20 points

Other:

‘Relevant salary’ means the higher of £25,600 or the ‘going rate’ for the job as specified in the Standard Occupational Code (SOC). The SOC is being updated to include more jobs and going rates and we expect the document to be continually updated as time goes on and ‘going rates’ change.

Worked examples

To show how the new Points-based System works in practise, UKVI gives the following examples, which we’ve reproduced here.

Lab technician with a STEM PhD coming to the UK with salary offer of £21,000. The general salary threshold applies.

Mandatory Criteria – 50 points

Job offer: 20 points

RFQ3 or above: 20 points

English language: 10 points

Tradeable Criteria – 20 points

General salary threshold: £25,600

Salary: 0 points

STEM PhD relevant to job: 20 points

TOTAL – 70 points

uk tier 1 innovator visa

Mechanical engineer coming to the UK with salary offer of £26,750. The “going rate” salary threshold for the profession applies.

Mandatory Criteria – 50 points

Job offer: 20 points

RFQ3 or above: 20 points

English language: 10 points

Tradeable Criteria – 20 points

Going rate salary threshold: £33,400

Salary: 0 points

Job offer in shortage occupation: 20 points

TOTAL – 70 points

points-based system

What do professional immigration lawyers say about the Skilled Worker visa?

We spoke to Ian Robinson, a Partner at global immigration law firm Fragomen, about wha the Skilled Worker visa means for overseas talent looking to come to the UK. You can hear what he had to say on the Help with my visa! Podcast.

Get professional help making your UK Skilled Worker visa application

If you’re a visa applicant you can use Help with my visa! to appoint a professional immigration adviser to guide you through the entire visa application process. They’ll fill out your visa application form, tell you exactly how to prepare your supporting documents and answer all of your questions.

And if you’re just like to be sure you qualify for a UK Skilled Worker visa under the new Points-based System, you can book a visa consultation to find out.

To find out more about the professional services offered by the immigration advisers listed on Help with my visa! you can click the relevant button below. This will take you to a list of services that you can review and compare to find the right one for you. You can then book an initial consultation with the immigration adviser directly on Help with my visa! within just 3 minutes.

And remember, when you book your appointment through Help with my visa! you get our 100% money-back guarantee if your visa is refused. This offer isn’t available anywhere, including direct. T&Cs apply.

Find an immigration adviser

Get professional assistance preparing your UK Skilled Worker visa application under the new Points-based System

Book a visa consultation

Want to better understand your visa options? Book a visa consultation with a professional immigration adviser to discuss your needs

Find an immigration adviser

Get professional assistance preparing your UK Skilled Worker Worker visa application under the new Points-based System

Book a visa consultation

Want to better understand your visa options? Book a visa consultation with a professional immigration adviser to discuss your needs
5 Comments
  1. […] for a UK skilled worker visa under the new Points-based System, you can check out this post on Your Straightforward Guide to the New UK Visa Points-based System for the […]

  2. […] You can see how the Points-based System works in practise with two worked examples in this post. […]

  3. […] Ian Robinson about recent changes to the UK’s visa and immigration system, including the new Points-based System and Skilled Worker […]

  4. […] The new rules came into force on 1 January 2021 when the Brexit Transition Period ended and visa requirements for EEA and Swiss nationals change. From this date, UK businesses need to hold a UK Visa Sponsor Licence if they intend to employ someone who is a non-UK or non-Irish national under the new Points-based System. […]

  5. […] if you’re concerned about preparing your UK visa supporting documents, especially under the new Points-based System where many things are new. But you should also know that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) […]

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com
Logo
Enable registration in settings - general
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare
0
%d bloggers like this: