Britain’s new Australian-style immigration points system goes live today

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BRITAIN’S new Australian-style immigration points system goes live today.

The scheme, which will stop unrestricted EU access, comes in four years after the Brexit referendum. 

Priti Patel says the immigration points system will allow the brightest from around the world into the UK

Home Secretary Priti Patel says it will allow the best and brightest from around the world into the UK.

Applications for the new skilled worker visa open today, meaning those who meet the tough requirements could start work from January 1, 2021.

Points will be awarded for job offers at the appropriate skill level, knowledge of English and a minimum salary of £25,600.

Skilled worker visas will be awarded to those who gain enough points.

The rules will ensure employers can recruit the most highly qualified global talent.

And it will finally end EU freedom of movement, which allows any of 500million Europeans to enter the UK regardless of whether they have a job.

Applications must be made online along with proof of identity.

Fees range from £610 to £1,408 and there is a healthcare surcharge of £624 a year.

Applicants must also show they can support themselves, with at least £1,270 available.

The skilled worker visas last for up to five years.

Other routes include a global talent visa for people with exceptional skills, an innovator visa for those establishing a business, a start-up visa and an intra-company transfer route.

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