Australia, as well as a number of other countries, employ a point-based system to select skilled migrant workers, taking note of such characteristics as education, language skills and work experience. Candidates with high enough scores are then invited to submit applications. It has been proposed that the UK adopts a similar scheme. UK immigration consultancy is always highly recommended, whatever scheme comes to pass.
Critics have attacked PM Boris Johnson’s proposed scheme, staying that not enough attention has been taken to consider those low and medium skilled jobs that remain essential to the UK economy, and giving voters misinformation over pledges to reduce immigration.
Australia can offer applicants a visa without a prior job offer, and some countries such as New Zealand and Austria require or prioritise job offers. Australia has used its system to enable a high level of migration, and skilled workers can receive immediate resident rights.
The design of an ‘Australian-style’ points system would have to take in to account what points were awarded for, and if the role of employers in the immigration system changes. The current system for non-EU citizens is heavily employer-driven, relying heavily on employers to decide which workers have the required skills.
The debates over the proposals continue, and is currently under review. Our migrant communities are essential for the UK, and skilled workers across the whole workforce are always in need. To find your best options, and for up to date information and UK immigration consultancy, get in contact with us today.