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Government: we don’t want “low-skilled” workers after the pandemic
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Government: we don’t want “low-skilled” workers after the pandemic

What a moment for the Home Office to update its guidance on the new immigration system to reiterate:

There will not be an immigration route specifically for those who do not meet the skills or salary threshold for the skilled worker route.

Basically, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Home Office felt it necessary to state that care workers, nurses, hospital porters, cleaners, logistics personnel, postal workers etc will not be able to apply for a UK work visa from January. The only “low-skilled” workers that the government envisages letting in are agricultural labourers.

The same message appears in a brand new document, The UK’s points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers.

Christopher Desira is the Director of Seraphus (www.seraphus.co.uk). Chris is experienced in all areas of immigration and offers legal advice and services via Free Movement. He is the advisor on Brexit immigration issues to the European Union and to European embassies. He is a trustee of Settled and regularly supports the wider charity sector. He regularly provides media comment and is happy to be contacted by journalists. Chris tweets from @cldesira.