LONDON, May 5, 2021 (AFP) – The British government will make it easier to grant work visas to award-winning scientists, artists and musicians starting Wednesday through a new skills-based immigration policy introduced after Brexit.
Prize winners like the Nobel Prize, the Turing Prize for Computer Scientists, the Grammy, the Oscar or even the Golden Globes will be able to live and work more easily in the UK thanks to this reform introduced by the Home Office.
The new policy also includes individuals recognized with specific awards in the fields of dance, fashion, architecture, and the social sciences. Work visa procedures will be simplified and expedited.
This has been incorporated into the new “points-based” immigration system introduced by Boris Johnson’s government after Brexit, which aims to attract “the best (talent) to the country based on the skills they can bring, rather than their nationality,” the Home Office stressed In a statement.
“These award winners have reached the pinnacle of their careers and they have a lot to offer to the UK,” said Home Secretary Priti Patel. “These major changes will give them freedom to come and work in our artistic, scientific, musical and film industries.”
Control of immigration, especially from the poorest countries in the European Union, was one of the central themes of the Brexit campaign in 2016.
Since 1 January, migrant workers from the European Union no longer enjoy full freedom of movement in the United Kingdom and are treated as non-EU citizens.
The new points system favors and awards qualified people at the expense of low-skilled workers. To obtain a visa, training, knowledge of English and financial income are taken into account.
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