Brexit materials—the May government’s White Paper
Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal
Brexit materials—the May government’s White Paper

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Brexit materials—the May government’s White Paper
  • Ending Free Movement
  • Work
  • Overall Approach
  • Abolition of the cap
  • Skills Threshold
  • Minimum salary
  • Resident Labour Market Test
  • Short-term work
  • Seasonal Agricultural Work
  • More...

A white paper entitled ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system’, outlining the UK government’s plans for the shape of the UK immigration system after Brexit, was released on 19 December 2018. The most significant change that will be brought about by the proposed new system is the end of Free Movement for European (EU) nationals. After 31 December 2020 (the end of the implementation period), UK immigration rules will apply to EU and non-EU migrants alike.

The White Paper proposes several other significant changes, particularly in relation to the current framework for sponsoring skilled workers under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System (PBS), including:

  1. scrapping the overall annual cap on sponsored work visas

  2. lowering the skills threshold of those who qualify for sponsorship from Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 6 to RQF Level 3

  3. abolishing the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

  4. reducing the bureaucratic burden on sponsoring employers

The White Paper makes a wide variety of other proposals, including:

  1. a new (temporary) short-term worker route

  2. more generous leave entitlements for students following the conclusion of their studies

  3. simplification of the rules to clarify what short-term business activities a visitor can undertake

It also covers the expansion of the Youth Mobility Scheme, border security, and the funding of the immigration system.

The White Paper confirms that there will be no low-skilled worker route, except for a tightly controlled (and

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