The UK government is set to implement a point-based immigration system that will allow non-graduate Kenyans and other migrants to apply for work permits in Britain.
Announcing the new system which will be effective as from January 2021, Home office- Lead UK government department of immigration and passport listed skilled workers and students as the main beneficiaries of this system.
According to a publication by Business daily, qualifications for job applicants under this new system has been lowered to a minimum skill level of A-level and not degree level as per the current system or equivalent from degree-level under the 27-member EU bloc system.
✅ Introducing a new points-based immigration system from 2021
✅ Taking back control of our borders
✅ Attracting the brightest and best talent from around the world
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) July 13, 2020
Apart from the education-oriented qualifications, applicants will also be expected to have 50 points which will be awarded in line with the consideration that the applicant has a job offer, having a job in a shortage occupation, meeting salary threshold, and their English level skills.
“Under the new system, those wishing to live and work in the UK must gain 70 points – and points are awarded for criteria such as having a job offer, holding a PhD relevant to the job, speaking English and earning more than £22,000 per year,” reads a statement by Britain’s Home Office.
This new system goes beyond just providing job opportunities for many Kenyans but will also place the professionals on a platform where they can compete with other migrants in the International market.
Kenyans who study in the UK will also benefit from this new system since they will be able to extend their stay period with the relaxed Visa regulations giving them a chance to secure jobs and contribute to UK’s economy.
Through her official twitter account, UK High commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott confirmed that Kenyans will be among the considered group under this system and this information was seconded by Kenya’s high commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu.
Skilled Kenyans, including non-graduates, have an opportunity to work in the UK under new immigration regime @ukhomeoffice has announced @ForeignOfficeKE @StateHouseKenya @AmbMKamau https://t.co/Kl3KwmhaP1
— Manoah Esipisu MBS (@MEsipisu) July 14, 2020