Following the UK’s departure from the European Union last month, it recently announced a new point-based system for South Africans wanting to work in the country. The new system will reportedly see all EU and non-EU residents treated equally in terms of immigration.
Applicants will need to score at least 70 points in terms of qualifications and certain requirements, some of which are non-negotiable, such as being fluent in English as well as having an existing job offer with a required skill set.
The United Kingdom says it plans to prioritise the skills an individual has to offer despite where they come from and will no longer accept low-skilled and temporary workers. Applicants will need to prove they have a job offer earning at least £25,600 (around R500 000) a year except for “shortage” occupations, like nursing and academic staff, where the absolute minimum earning will be £20,480 (R400 000) a year. Workers who do not possess ‘shortage’ skills and who would earn a salary of less than £22,000 (R428 000) won’t be considered at all.
From 1 January 2021, EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally. We will reduce overall levels of migration and give top priority to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents: scientists, engineers, academics and other highly-skilled workers.”
There is an exception for highly skilled individuals to enter the country without a job offer if they can achieve the required level of points and are endorsed by a relevant and competent body such as a University.
South Africans wanting to study in the country will need to provide proof of an offer from a certified educational institution, speak English and prove they can support themselves during their studies. Take a look at the points below and read more on the latest local news, right here.