UK strategy statement announcement on the new plan for immigration
On 24th May 2021 the Home Office announced a New plan for immigration: legal migration and border control strategy statement. The statement outlines the UK’s goals for the coming years to improve UK immigration. Since the pandemic has hit, the UK government is putting plans in place to build back the economy through various means, one being by improving immigration systems and attracting highly skilled migrant workers.
What does the statement include?
Visa route changes
- A new Graduate route to be launched providing international students with the opportunity to stay in the UK to work or look for work after they graduate.
- Introducing a new pathway for individuals with highly prestigious awards or prizes through the Global Talent route.
- Introducing a new, unsponsored points-based route which will be aimed at those with the skills the UK labour market needs.
- A new International Sportsperson route will be created that replaces the current T2 Sportsperson route.
- A fully digital process will be put in place with the ChipChecker facility for EEA nationals for the remainder of the temporary work (previously T5 (Temporary work)) routes.
Visa process changes
- The UK government aims to simplify the immigration rules along with the questions on visa application forms to make them easier to understand and answer. There is proposed to be more flexibility around the evidential requirements for Graduate, International Sportsperson, family, private life, settlement and returning residents routes.
- There has been mention of redesigning the sponsorship system to speed up end-to-end processing, improve sponsors’ experience and prevent abuse of the system.
- Border crossing technology will be improved to increase timeliness.
- Mandatory grounds for refusal on grounds of criminality to serious and persistent criminals will be applied. This will include refusing entry to anyone seeking to enter as a visitor or coming to the UK for less than 6 months if they have received a custodial sentence of less than 12 months.
- The UK government has proposed to introduce an online immigration status service allowing people to view their immigration status and to prove their status to others, such as landlords and employers.
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