The government has set out further details on the UK’s points-based immigration system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union has ended.

Arif Khalfe, immigration law expert and partner at Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett, urges business to start planning now.

He said: “The Government’s post-Brexit immigration plan is a mixed bag, which simplifies some areas but omits to focus on certain industries.

The commitment to reduce processing times is good news for businesses but there will be substantial administration involved for them. Businesses face a major challenge to grasp the new rules quickly whilst also managing the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the majority of points sourced from having a skilled job offer from an approved employer, I would urge businesses to obtain a sponsor licence as soon as possible if they wish to recruit individuals from overseas.

The introduction of the fast-track health and care visa is positive news, however concern will be raised that it does not include social care workers. This will bring added complexities.

Early planning and preparation are key in moving forward with the proposed changes.”

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

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