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When our new, post Brexit immigration system was announced the government confirmed that change would come in stages. It’s always been a system which sees frequent modifications, but as the impact of leaving the EU combined with the economic shockwaves caused by the pandemic continue to put pressure on UK businesses, the Budget announcement included some further changes to come.
The government’s plan is to modernise our immigration system to help the UK attract and retain the most highly skilled, globally mobile talent – particularly in academia, science, research and technology. The intention is that this will drive innovation and support UK jobs and growth. To achieve this, the government will:
- by March 2022, introduce an elite points-based visa. This will include a ’scaleup’ stream, enabling those with a job offer from a recognised UK scale-up to qualify for a fast-track visa
- reform the Global Talent visa, including to allow holders of international prizes and winners of scholarships and programmes for early promise to automatically qualify
- review the Innovator visa to make it easier for those with the skills and experience to found an innovative business to obtain a visa
- by Spring 2022, launch the new Global Business Mobility visa for overseas businesses to establish a presence or transfer staff to the UK
- provide practical support to small firms that are using the visa system for the first time
- modernise the immigration sponsorship system to make it easier to use. The government will publish a delivery roadmap in summer 2021
- establish a global outreach strategy by expanding the Global Entrepreneur Programme, marketing the UK’s visa offering and explore building an overseas talent network