The UK government published a White Paper today detailing plans for the post-Brexit UK immigration system, which is expected to be implemented starting January 1, 2021. The White Paper proposes a single, skills-based immigration system, focused on talent and expertise rather than country of origin. Notably, the White Paper proposes to remove quotas and labour market testing for Tier 2 (General) Visa applications.
The proposed changes would address a number of key concerns expressed by businesses over the past months, including the anticipated drain of low-skilled workers after Brexit. It would also make the system much quicker – the absence of a cap and labor market testing would reduce the lead time of many Tier 2 (General) Visa applications by two to three months.
This White Paper is the official approval by the government of the recommendations set out in the independent Migration Advisory Committee report, published in September 2018.
Download the UK Government White Paper here