The UK’s post-Brexit immigration rules are to be implemented after the end of the Brexit transition period, from 1 January 2021, leading to the biggest overhaul in UK immigration policy in over a decade.
If the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (the “Bill”) goes on to receive Royal Assent, it will terminate rights to free movement for citizens of EU countries from 2021 onwards (as well as repeal other EU immigration law), enabling the introduction of a revamped ‘points-based’ immigration system for entry to the UK. Details of the legal framework for a points-based system will be set out in the secondary legislation and in the new Immigration Rules. The general principle is that visas will be awarded to those workers who have the required number of points. A total of 70 points will be required to apply to work in the UK.