The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, commonly known as Brexit, has had a significant impact on immigration into the UK. With new restrictions being put in place and uncertainty over what regulations will be implemented, it is important for those considering immigrating to understand how Brexit could affect their plans.

The Implications of Brexit on UK Immigration

Since the referendum result of the 2016 EU Referendum, Brexit has had a huge impact on immigration into the UK. UK left the EU on 31st December 2020, and it is apparent that some changes have been made which affect those wanting to come and live in Britain.

New Points-Based System

The most significant change has been the introduction of a new points-based system for migrants wanting to come to Britain from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). This system gives preferential treatment to those with higher qualifications or skills and means that other applicants must meet certain criteria to gain entry.

The points-based system also affects EEA migrants who previously did not need visas to work in the UK. They must now register for a visa, with different visas available depending on their circumstances. Prospective migrants must understand each visa’s requirements and ensure they meet them before attempting to enter the country.

Changes to Visas and Sponsorship Requirements

In addition to the points-based system, there have also been changes to other types of visas and sponsorship requirements. For example, Tier 2 (General) visas are now limited to those earning over £30,000 and a few other criteria. The same applies to Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas, which were previously open to citizens from certain countries who wanted to live and work in Britain for up to two years; this has now been restricted to those earning over £20,800.

These changes mean prospective immigrants need to understand the visa requirements for the UK and ensure they meet them before coming to Britain. In most cases, it is also necessary for applicants to have a job offer from an employer in the UK before being granted a visa.

Future Developments

Although there have been substantial changes to UK immigration since Brexit, further changes will likely occur as Britain continues to develop its own regulations. Additional restrictions may be introduced, affecting those wanting to move to the UK, both from within and outside the EEA.

Final Thoughts

Brexit has had a big impact on immigration into the UK, and there are likely to be further changes. Prospective immigrants need to understand how Brexit affects their plans to move to Britain and ensure they meet all the requirements necessary for gaining entry. By doing so, it should be possible for those wishing to migrate to the UK to do so successfully despite the challenges posed by Brexit.