An introduction for employers

The Home Office has published an employer’s guide to the new points-based immigration system. It provides an overview of the key changes that the new system will bring for businesses, the steps they can take to prepare and signposts to more detailed information.


From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work.


Under a points-based immigration system, points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and shortage occupations. Visas are then awarded to those who gain enough points.


The points-based system will provide simple, effective and flexible arrangements for skilled workers from around the world to come to the UK through an employer-led system.


This represents a significant change for employers in the UK, who will need to adapt. This guide provides an overview of the new system and sets out the steps employers can take to prepare.


For guidance on becoming a Home Office approved sponsor, please refer to the full policy guidance on sponsoring a migrant worker on GOV.UK.





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