Understanding the Points-Based Immigration System
Understand the Points-Based Immigration System which covers individuals working in the UK.
The Points-Based Immigration System
From 1 January 2021, the UK introduced a new Points-Based Immigration System which allows employers to recruit people to work in the UK in a specific job in an eligible skilled occupation. This applies to both:
- EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who arrived in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020; and
- non-EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who applied for entry clearance or permission to stay on or after 1 December 2020.
Most individuals must pass a points-based assessment before they can get permission to work in the UK.
Each of the visas offered under the Points-Based Immigration System have different requirements; the number of points an individual needs and the way the points are awarded will depend on the visa type.
|Visa type||Description of work|
|Skilled Worker||for skilled workers with a job offer, such as Lecturers, Research Associates and Professors|
|Student / Tier 4||for students|
|Tier 5||for temporary workers, such as sponsored researchers or participants in the Youth Mobility Scheme|
The Department of Human Resources administers the University's licence for Skilled Worker and Tier 5 Visas and, in particular circumstances, may be able to sponsor individuals from outside of the UK under these types of visa.
For any queries, email HR Visas
The University has a legal obligation to comply with the requirements set out under the Points-Based Immigration System. There are a number of responsibilities in relation to the Points-Based Immigration System which are required to be adhered to by: sponsored workers, line managers, and the Department of Human Resources.
You will need to read this guidance to ensure that you understand the responsibilities for all parties under the Points-Based Immigration System.