Immigration law after Brexit will affect different aspects of work and study and citizens of the UK will need to adjust accordingly.
A new points-based system will be introduced, which will affect skilled workers, international students and the visa application process.
This article will discuss the effect that the Brexit changes will have on citizens of the UK who are hoping to cross the border.
The End of Free Movement
On December 31 2020, free movement within the European Union (EU) came to an end. There are now new arrangements for EU citizens. A points system has been introduced, which will be applied equally to EU and non-EU citizens. Citizens of Ireland can continue to freely enter, live and work in the EU.
Applying for A Visa
The entire visa application process can be done online. Applicants will need to supply biometric data, such as a digital photo, Non-EU citizens will also need to submit their fingerprints.
Skilled workers who have received an offer from an approved employer will need to be qualified at RQF3 and above. They will need to speak English and receive a salary at or above the general salary threshold. Applicants who are offered a salary that is lower than that but are applying a shortage occupation or with special qualifications, may be able to submit their application by trading points .
If you wish to study in the UK, you can apply for a visa if you have been offered a place in a course, can speak English and have enough money to support yourself during the course.
An immigration route for graduate students will be available as of 2021 and this will allow those with a UK degree to work at any skill level for up to two years. This is extended to three years for PhD graduates.
Find out more about new immigration laws here.