UK Visa Tier Points-Based Immigration System

The new system will treat EU 1 and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. Under a pointsbased immigration systempoints are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and shortage occupations. 

From 1 January 2021, UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under a points-based immigration system, points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and shortage occupations. Visas are then awarded to those who gain enough points.

Skilled workers

From 1 January 2021, anyone coming to the UK to work will need to demonstrate that:

  • Aspirant have a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor
  • The job offer is at the required skill level – UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework  3(RQF3 ) or above (A Level and equivalent) 
  • Aspirant can speak English

In addition to this:

  • if they earn more than the required minimum salary threshold they are eligible to make an application
  • if they earn less than the required minimum salary threshold, but no less than £20,480, they may still be eligible if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation or a PhD relevant to the job.

Tier 2 Visa:

This category is for ‘skilled workers’ from outside the EEA with a job offer in the UK. It includes skilled workers who are transferred to the UK by an international company, skilled workers where there is a proven shortage in the UK, ministers of religion and sportspeople. 

Who can apply?

Individuals of all nationalities (except British and Irish) who have a confirmed job offer, and whose employment will be sponsored by a UK employer who is Home Office licensed, to work in specified occupations (at RQF3 or equivalent and above). 


Skilled Work: Health and Care Visa.

The Government welcomes the vital contributions which doctors, nurses and other health professionals from overseas make to the National Health Service (NHS) and wider Health and Care Sector. The Health and Care Visa is part of the Skilled Worker route. It will ensure individuals working in eligible health occupations with a job offer from the NHS, social care sector or employers and organizations which provide services to the NHS, who have good working English, are incentivized to come to the UK.

There will be fast-track entry, with reduced application fees and dedicated support regarding the application process, for eligible individuals come to the UK with their families. Those who are eligible to apply for the Health and Care Visa, and their dependents, will also be exempt from having to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. Frontline workers in the health and social care sector who are not eligible for the new Health and Care Visa will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, but will benefit from a reimbursement scheme.

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