As part of Britain’s preparation to leave the European Union in a few days from now, it has unveiled a new fast-track visa arrangement for top mathematicians, scientists, researchers and many more as it also prepares for a new immigration system after the move is complete.
Britain unveils a new fast-track visa arrangement and looks forward to a new immigration system
This new plan was revealed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of the preparation for January 31st, 2020 Britain’s proposed exit from the EU.
Mass migration concerns were part of the driving force in the 2016 campaign for Brexit and Boris Johnson has promised since then to end all free movement with the bloc after the deal is set. But this last Sunday, the prime minister said;
“As we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”
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Speaking about the newly revealed fast-track visa, the minister said;
“The UK has a proud history of scientific discovery, but to lead the field and face the challenges of the future we need to continue to invest in talent and cutting-edge research,”
He stated that the EU free movement is set to continue for the next 11 months after Britain’s exit from the EU during a period of transition that is designed to allow Brussels and London to agree to a fresh future partnership.
Reports claim that the British government also hopes to introduce a new type of point-based immigration system on the 1st of January 2021 for both non-EU and EU citizens. Nonetheless, this newly unveiled Global Talent Visa system is already set to come into effect as from next month to directly replace the existing Exceptional Talent (Tier 1) visa.
It should be noted that only 550 of the old Tier 1 visas were issued out between 2018 to 2019 which was way below the 2,000 Cap. So, officials hope now that this uncapped, new scheme will entice more immigrants. It is clearly open to a much wider range of interested applicants and seems to offer an easier route to settle in Britain.