Boris Johnson has announced a new immigration plan for foreign scientists. He states in his announcement that the immigration rules will be changed. This is to make the UK ‘even more open…to scientists from around the world.’
Boris Johnson has already planned to reverse Theresa May’s pledge of lowering migration in the UK to the ‘tens of thousands’. He now has added that he wishes the Home Office and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help foreign scientists wanting to work in the UK by issuing a new fast-track visa plan for them.
Under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa, there is a set number of permitted entries that are allowed per year. This new plan is set to change this where there will be no caps on allowed entries. Also, the requirement of needing to have a job offer in the UK will be repealed. Furthermore, dependents will also be given full access to labour markets.
Despite there being a cloud of doubt regarding Brexit, the new change has been welcomed by scientific industries including the pharmaceutical industry. The Prime Minister adds that the UK must ‘ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds in the world.’
Read more about the current Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa.