At the end of 2019, The United Kingdom introduced a points-based immigration system, which will come into effect from 1 January 2021. Some of the best immigration lawyers think that this new system will provide enormous opportunities to all migrants as rather than focusing on their countries, the priority will be on their skills and knowledge.

What is the new point-based system?

In this new skilled worker system, the candidates will be offered points for specific skills. You have to be very accurate while preparing their application for the visa. You have to accomplish a score of 70 points from the different areas of inspection in order to be eligible for a visa.

Anyone who wants to come to the UK to work will need to verify that:

Home Office licensed sponsor has given a job offer to them
the employment offer is at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A-Level and equivalent)
they speak English to the required standard

Also, the employment offer of the applicant has to meet the acceptable minimum salary threshold. It should be between £23,040 to £25,599 or more. If you are receiving less salary then it, you would not get any points.

An applicant can trade these factors also, for suppose - they can get points with their qualifications, against a lower salary to get the mandatory number of points.

If the employment offer is less than the minimum salary requirement, but obviously not less than £20,480, an applicant can still be eligible if they have:

an employment offer in a specific shortage occupation (Find the list on UK government website)
A PhD which is suitable for the job
a PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject appropriate to the job

Offer of Job by the legal sponsor and having a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (20 Points - Mandatory) - In order to get 20 points and entry to the UK, an applicant must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from the employer who has granted you a job. The employer must have a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and have been issued with a The CoS confirms that you have a job offer. It is mandatory to have a job offer.

Receiving an appropriate salary from the job being offered (20 Points - Mandatory) - If you are a Tier 2 (General) visa applicant, then you must have a job offer which pays an applicable salary. The right salary changes from job to job, and also by your skills. The job should be paying a salary that meets the acceptable minimum salary threshold between £23,040 to £25,599 or more. If you are earning less salary then it, you would not get any points.

It is mandatory to earn at least more than £23,040 to get 10 points and if you are going to earn more than £25,600 then you will get 20 points.

English language Requirements (10 Points -Mandatory) - You have to give evidence that you can speak and understand in English which you can verify by passing an English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening or you are having a related educational qualification approved by UK NARIC, which is equal to a UK bachelor's degree, Master's degree or PhD.

You don't have to verify your knowledge of English if you are from:

Antigua and Barbuda
New Zealand
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

Job in a shortage occupation list (20 Points- Tradeable) - If your employer is giving you a job which comes under a shortage of workers list (Designated by Migration Advisory Committee), then you can get 20 points even if you are not meeting salary requirements.

Education Qualifications - You can also trade points through your education qualifications, like if you are a PhD student especially from STEM then you can get 10 or 20 points.

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