What are the Government’s plans for a new immigration policy?
The Conservative manifesto for the December 2019 general election promised an “Australian-type points-based system to control immigration”. A new system is to be introduced after the end of the Brexit transition period in January 2021.
The Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) — a non-departmental public body associated with the Home Office — to produce recommendations on the possible role of a points-based system and one on the appropriate level and design of salary thresholds. It made this report in January 2020.
The Home Secretary issued the details of a new points-based immigration system on 19 February 2020. The new system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, will end free movement and assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions. Visas will only be awarded to those who gain sufficient points (70 points are required).
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