Following Brexit, coming to work in the UK is no longer as simple with a new points-based system applying to both EU and non-EU citizens.
25 May 2021
The new system, which does not apply to Irish citizens, who are still free to come to the UK, is broadly split as follows:
- tests for skilled workers arriving in the UK with a valid job offer
- a global talent scheme to allow highly skilled scientists and researchers to come to the UK without a job offer
- a student visa allowing people to study in the UK if they have a valid offer of a place on a course, have enough money to support themselves and have a good understanding of spoken and written English.
Investing in the UK
For people who want to invest in the UK, there are two new categories, which replace the old investor visa:
- A Tier 1 Innovator visa for those that wish to set up an innovative business in the UK, ie a new business with an original idea which is viable for growth
- A Start-up visa – similar to the Innovator visa, but which must also be endorsed by a UK higher education institution or a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs.
Home Office-licensed Sponsor
An offer of a job must come from an organisation that is a Home Office-licensed sponsor. For more information and to apply visit the Government website here. Be mindful though that specialist advice should be sought to ensure the right actions are taken before someone arrives in the UK with the intention of staying for a long period.
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