The UK’s Future Immigration Policy

The government’s recently published immigration policy has been the subject of much debate and criticism

The government’s recently published immigration policy has been the subject of much debate and criticism. BETA’s members are spread over the tourism, education and hospitality sectors and have all expressed disappointment in this latest news and are calling for:

  • A review of the salary threshold
  • That foreign language skills be rewarded by the PBS
  • An extension of the Youth Mobility Visa to as many EU countries as possible 


Ministers announced proposals to move to a new points-based system from January 2021 with most overseas workers being required to earn at least £25,600 to qualify for a visa.

The Government has told businesses they need to end their dependency on cheap foreign labour, and instead invest in training and technology.

However, our sectors cannot function without humans on the front line, ensuring a warm welcome.

BETA members are calling for a review on the salary threshold and requesting that additional elements such as foreign language skills be rewarded by the points-based system.

There was also disappointment that the Youth Mobility (YMS) whilst will remain will not be extended.

A breakdown of how points will be awarded is here

ID cards & Students

The UK’s Home Office has announced a new post-Brexit immigration system that will place European students under the same rules as non-EU counterparts and introduce a points-based system for skilled work and student visas.

In the initial outline of the new system – due to take effect from 1 January 2021 – the government has also said the EU citizens will be treated as non-visa nationals, and that the use of ID cards for entry by European citizens will be phased out.

Under the new system applications will need to score 70 points to be eligible.

The Home Office said that the same principle would apply to Tier 4 student visas, although it did not give full details of the scoring breakdown. 

Students will be covered by the points-based system. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.

Industry has raised concerns that the introduction of a financial threshold for EU students will close access to the higher education system to all but the richest students. 

The UK Government has a target of attracting 600,000 international students to the UK by 2030