2021 UK Immigration System Principles

Introduction On 31 December 2020, at 11:00 PM, freedom of movement between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) will end. This document sets out further detail on how our new immigration system will operate. At the heart of it will be the Points-Based Immigration System. In February 2020, we published our Policy […]

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2021 UK Immigration System Workers

Coming to work Skilled Worker 36. As set out in the Policy Statement published on 19 February, anyone coming to the UK for work, including EU citizens, will need to demonstrate they meet a specific set of requirements for which they will score points. There is no overall cap on the number who can apply […]

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2021 UK Immigration System Students

Coming to study Student Route 78. We have a world-leading education sector and will continue to welcome talented and high potential students to our universities, further education and English language colleges, and independent schools. There will be no limit on the number of international students who can come to the UK to study, and we […]

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2021 UK Immigration System Visitors

Coming to visit Visitors 99. At the end of the transition period free movement will end and EU citizens will come within the scope of the new immigration system. We want to ensure legitimate travellers who support our economy and enrich society and culture can continue to come to the UK smoothly in the future. […]

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2021 UK Immigration System Other Routes

Other immigration routes Intra-Company Transfers and Intra-Company Graduate Trainees 105. The purpose of arrangements for intra-company transfers and graduate trainees is to accommodate temporary moves by key business personnel, enabling multi-national companies to move their workers between subsidiary branches. These arrangements support inward trade and investment and give effect to commitments that the UK has […]

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2021 UK Immigration System Border and Fees

The border of the future 142. As part of the Points-Based System, we will implement a suite of changes allowing us to strengthen the security of our border. Our future border system will protect the public and enhance prosperity. Investment in border processes, biometrics and technology will result in a border that operates with a […]

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UK Immigration Policy for 2021

The UK’s Points-Based  Immigration System Policy Statement Introduction The United Kingdom (UK) exited the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. This policy statement sets out how we will fulfil our commitment to the British public and take back control of our borders. We are ending free movement and will introduce an Immigration Bill to bring in a firm […]

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UK Immigration Policy Summary

New immigration system: what you need to know ContentsOn 19 February 2020, the government set out the details of the UK’s points-based immigration system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has ended. It will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and aims to […]

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Immigration Issues No Deal

Policy paper No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit Updated 5 September 2019 Contents Introduction Summary EU citizens who are resident in the UK before Brexit on 31 January 2020 EU citizens entering the UK after Brexit Crossing the border after Brexit EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit Future immigration […]

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Immigration Paper Summary (2018)

OVERVIEW As the UK leaves the European Union (EU) and we bring free movement to an end, different rules to the current ones must apply to migration here by EU citizens. We will take full control of migration by bringing all of it under UK law and institute a new border and immigration system, to serve the UK […]

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Current Immigration System (2018)

CHAPTER 1 – THE UK’S CURRENT IMMIGRATION SYSTEM 1.1 We currently have two parallel systems in place which govern the immigration of EU citizens (and their family members) and non-EU nationals respectively. 1.2 While the UK is a member of the EU, EU citizens and their family members enjoy an EU Treaty-based right to enter […]

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New UK Immigration System (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 2 – AN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FOR THE WHOLE OF THE UK Summary As we leave the European Union and free movement ends, unifying the United Kingdom and preserving relationships between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all parts of England will only become more important. Immigration is a reserved matter in the UK, but the […]

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UK Government Approach (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 3 – GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE REPORTS OF THE MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON EU MIGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Summary Leaving the EU will allow us to cement our position as a leader on the global stage and  provides an opportunity to design a world-class border and immigration system. The future system will apply to […]

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Border Control (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 4 – SECURE AND SMOOTH UK BORDER CONTROL Summary After the UK leaves the EU, Free Movement under EU law will end and the migration of all non-UK nationals, including EU citizens, will be subject to UK law and the rules we set for entry and staying in the UK. In taking back control of our […]

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Visitors (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 5 – COMING TO THE UK TO VISIT Summary Migration benefits the UK economically, culturally and socially. We want to ensure the UK continues to attract people from across the world to visit our vibrant and diverse communities. Building on our strong offer to non-EU nationals, we also want to facilitate the short-term business activities that […]

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Workers (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 6 – COMING TO THE UK TO WORK Summary Our businesses, industries, public services and voluntary organisations rely (to a greater or lesser extent) on migration for labour, skills and ideas. We recognise the importance of attracting and retaining skilled migrants in the UK, as they make an important contribution to our economic wellbeing, and […]

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Students (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 7 – COMING TO THE UK TO STUDY Summary As we leave the EU, the UK will remain open to the talent we need from Europe and the rest of the world. We have maintained a highly competitive offer for international students who would like to study in the UK at our world-class institutions, boosting […]

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Family Migration (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 8 – FAMILY MIGRATION Summary We will continue to value the positive contribution immigration has made to our society – enriching our communities and culture. Those who wish to establish their family life in the UK, should do so on a basis that prevents burdens on the taxpayer and promotes integration. That is fair to migrants […]

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Digital Delivery (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 9 – DIGITAL DELIVERY Summary The future border and immigration system will make use of the latest digital technology to improve customer experience, increase security and detect abuse. Everyone who is not a British or Irish national will, in future, need permission to travel to the UK, with either an e-visa or an Electronic […]

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Fair System (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 11 – A FAIR AND HUMANE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM Summary We are committed to ensuring that our existing and future border and immigration system takes a fair and humane approach, and our decisions are correct given the potentially significant impact on the life of the individual concerned. Refusal decisions can trigger compliance sanctions and eventually […]

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Asylum (2018 Proposal)

CHAPTER 10 – PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE Summary The realities of conflict, violence and persecution continue to cause displacement. The UK has a proud history of offering asylum and giving protection to those who need it, including refugees forced to leave their countries. We are determined to ensure that leaving the EU does not change the UK’s proactive commitment […]

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Compliance (2018 Proposal)

Summary Compliance with UK immigration laws and rules is an essential part of an immigration system which operates fairly, robustly and with integrity. In the future border and immigration system, all non-UK  nationals – with the exception of Irish nationals – entering and remaining in the UK will be subject to UK Immigration Rules governing […]

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The CTA UK Gov Note

CHAPTER 13 – MAINTAINING THE COMMON TRAVEL AREA A Summary The Government will protect the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements between the UK, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland. The future border and immigration system will fully respect the UK’s long-standing approach to movement within the CTA. As now, there will be no routine immigration controls on […]

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Pathway to New System

CHAPTER 14 – PATHWAY TO THE NEW SYSTEM The nee for primary legislation 14.1 The journey to a single immigration system in UK law will be achieved in stages. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and the UK will leave the EU. It will also convert current EU law into […]

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Next Steps

CHAPTER 15 – NEXT STEPS AND CONCLUSION Progressing proposals 15.1 This paper sets out a clear and ambitious vision for the future, with a pragmatic and orderly phased approach to delivery. 15.2 But it cannot set out all the detailed arrangements that will need to form part of the future arrangements in 2021 and beyond. We […]

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