The Home Office has announced several changes to the UK Immigration rules that will take place in 2021, says Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants.
Workers from overseas, especially those in key health and care roles, will benefit from positions added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the group said.
When a job occupation is on the SOL, persons in these roles will find it easier to qualify for a skilled worker visa.
From April 2021, Breytenbachs said that the UK Government will include the following occupations in the UK list:
- Laboratory technicians;
- Senior care workers;
- Nursing auxiliaries and assistants;
- Health services and public health managers and directors;
- Residential, day and domiciliary care managers;
- Modern foreign language teachers.
Other visa changes
Breytenbachs said that overseas students in the UK are also set to benefit from the new graduate visa which will open on 1 July 2021.
“It will allow students to stay in the UK for two years upon completing their studies. Students with a doctorate will be allowed to stay for three years,” it said.
The global talent visa will also see some immigration rule changes, Breytenbachs said.
“It will now be possible to bypass the endorsement criteria if you have received a prestigious prize.
“Prestigious prizes might include prizes such as a Nobel prize, Grammy, Golden Globe etc. Persons with such a distinction will subsequently be able to apply directly for this visa.”
Further changes ahead
In the UK Budget, the chancellor set out some changes they want to implement in 2022.
While no further details are available yet, Breytenbachs said that it expects the following changes to be made:
- 2022 will see the introduction of an elite points-based visa;
- The UK Government will reform the Global Talent visa by allowing holders of international prizes and scholarships to qualify automatically;
- Review of the Innovator visa to make it easier for persons with the right skills to obtain a permit;
- The Government also hope to introduce a Global Mobility visa in the Spring of 2022. Businesses will be able to establish a presence or transfer staff to the UK by using this route;
- Modernise the immigration sponsorship system;
- Expand the Global Entrepreneur program.