Immigration in UK-What to Expect in 2021?
British nationality law offers conditioned immigration to the UK. Therefore, there has been a significant influx of people to the United Kingdom since 1945, especially from its colonized regions as undivided India, South Africa, and the Caribbean, etc. Also, there are asylum seekers, whose security is jeopardized in their native countries. By the time the immigration gained pace and escalated to the pinnacle. The UK tightened the immigration policy with laws as The Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962 and Immigration Act 1971. There have been shortcomings with different times and currently, when the UK made its “Okay” on the Brexit, it found itself grounded in the COVID-19 pandemic.
With time and situation, the policies have been reviving and changing therefore, it is important to have prior consultation and remain updated. There are many immigration solicitors in Manchester, London, and other cities of the UK, that provides virtual advice on immigration.
Reviewing the Figures:
The stats of the government of the United Kingdom stipulate that there were 148,780 applications seeking citizenship in the year to June 2020. This shows a significant decline of 15% compared to the last year. The pivotal reason stated is the Covid-19 pandemic. Considering the continued condition of the global pandemic it seems like most of the activities including immigration procedures will retard.
The UK’s 2020 policy:
The United Kingdom exited the European Union on January 31, 2020, and therefore introduced an immigration bill. The United Kingdom’s Immigration policy that was announced on July 13, 2020, will come into effect from January 1, 2021. This policy aims to provide an equal opportunity to both EU and non-EU citizens, except the citizens of Ireland, to be in the UK and contribute to its economy. The UK, therefore, intends to provide opportunities to skilled people; researchers, innovators, and global leaders. This policy seems to divulge the doors for new opportunities for people who determine to excel in their fields and pursue their dreams in the United Kingdom. The government has headed to a more digital-oriented procedure.
The UK’s skilled-based immigration tends to awards points to people who helm to receive the UK’s citizenship. The migrant workers will require cumulative 70 points in order to receive citizenship. The conditions for receiving those points are as follows:
1- One will earn 40 points if has a job offer from an approved employer.
2- A fluent English speaker receives additional 10 points.
3- 20 points are rewarded in a condition if a person is offered at least £25,600 a year
4- One can also gain 10 points for a relevant Ph.D., and 20 points for a Ph.D. in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
5- 20 points are granted on the basis of offering a job in a shortage occupation.
- Also, the UK has maintained its stature for the protection of vulnerable i.e. Asylum seekers.
Large-scale skill-based immigration will prove to provide great economic profit to the UK. The new policy seems to have provided a fresh breath to skilled people but there is also one unpopular opinion popping up, it is said that this policy has made it difficult for the ordinary people. Those, who do not comply with the specified points, and yet want to get a life in the UK will feel choked. Nevertheless, the policy seems to provide a new outlook that will define new strategies and accomplishments in the UK’s venture as a freed state.