The Home Office has today (13 July) has published further details of the key work and study immigration routes for the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system. A new points-based system will be in place from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement between the UK and EU has ended. Key routes will be open from Autumn 2020.
Commenting on today’s details from Government on the UK’s future points-based immigration system, techUK’s CEO Julian David said:
“techUK welcomes the proposals in today’s Policy Statement that seek to explicitly attract STEM talent, including through the global talent scheme, post-study graduate route, and suspending the cap on Skilled workers. The commitment to make better use of technology to streamline and simplify the system is also a welcome step. This digital-first approach is something that techUK has long called for. However, we are concerned that SMEs will not be given enough time to adapt to the new system and that more needs to be done to minimise the costs of the new system for both UK businesses and applicants.
“The digital skills gap is not unique to the UK, making tech talent in high demand across the global digital economy. techUK’s members are committed to building a strong domestic talent pipeline, but for the UK to remain world leading in fields such as AI and quantum it must remain open and attractive to international innovators, investors and the talent that supports that ambition.
“The development of a new immigration system provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a system that meets the needs of our dynamic, modern economy whilst also creating a high-level of public trust. This needs to include the ability to support digital tech talent to move around for short term activities to support their customers and supply-chains. The tech sector is the UK’s modern success story and vital to delivering on the Government’s ambition to create a high-skill, high-wage economy that is fit for the future.”
Find out more about techUK's immigration work and engagement with the future system.