UK Eases Immigration Rules for Scientists

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson used Facebook live to make a huge announcement for scientists across the globe. He announced a points based fast track immigration route to attract ‘elite researchers and specialists in science’ to come to the UK. He said that they are changing the rules of immigration to make UK more open and welcoming to scientists around the world. 

In the government proposal, the new rules will do away with the cap on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas.  It will be providing an accelerated path to resettlement. In this proposed rule, to hold an offer of employment before arriving will also not be a necessity.

The Prime Minister released a statement shortly after the Facebook live in which he said, “I want the UK to continue to be a global science superpower, and when we leave the EU we will support science and research and ensure that, far from losing out, the scientific community has a huge opportunity to develop and export our innovation around the world.” The announcement has come 12 weeks before the planned withdrawal of the UK from European Union.

Speaking on the development, Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “The government plans to introduce a points-based immigration system centred on what people will contribute to the UK in order to attract “gifted minds” who will “bolster the UK’s standing as a hub for science and innovation.”

Talking about immigration system and fast track visa route she said, “We want Britain to be the most prosperous economy in Europe with an immigration system that attracts the brightest and best global talent. Our new fast-track visa route will be a key part of this – encouraging the world’s top scientists and researchers to our shores.”

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