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UK Points-Based Immigration System

Freedom of Movement in the UK for EU citizens ended at 11pm on 31st December 2020, and the UK Government introduced the new UK points-based immigration system on 1st January 2021. 

The points-based immigration system applies to EU and non-EU citizens, with the exception of Irish citizens. Under the system, applicants under the skilled worker route must meet several criteria, including having a job offer from a licensed sponsor that meets the applicable minimum salary threshold, the job is for a role at RQF 3 or above (A Level and equivalent), and the applicant can speak English to a required standard.

COSLA and Scottish local authorities acknowledge and value the social, cultural and economic benefits migrants bring to Scotland.  COSLA continues to make the case that the very real possibility of a significant reduction in migration to Scotland from EEA countries will adversely impact on Scotland’s local authorities.  

COSLA supports the need for an immigration system that can meet the needs of Scotland’s economic, workforce, and demographic needs, at a local, as well as national level. COSLA has raised concerns with the new immigration system regarding how it has limited Local Government and employers’ ability to attract and retain migrant workers, particularly in key sectors where we are facing skills gaps and shortages, such as social care. 

Please contact GOV.UK for further information on the UK’s points-based immigration system