What a year it’s been, and to top it all off, we are about to face one of the biggest changes to employment in the UK from January 1st 2021.
If you are an EEA or Swiss Citizen already living and working in the UK you have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the EU settlement scheme.
Employers will need to have a sponsor licence in place to hire most workers from outside the UK, and visas will be offered to both EU and Non EU citizens on a points based system. You will need 70 points to qualify for a UK work visa. The points are made up from certain aspects such as a job offer, a certain level of English, salary and education.
The cap on skilled worker visas is being removed so there is no limit to how many people can receive this visa each year. However, there will be no work visas for general low-skilled or temporary workers under the new points-based immigration system.
The Youth mobility visa will still be available too for those up to the age of 30 from qualifying countries.
The positives for our industry…
We are renowned for our industry courses from the likes of London College of Fashion, De Montfort and Central St Martins and now Graduates from Summer 2021 who have completed a degree at a UK Higher Education establishment will be able to stay in the UK for two years (three years for PhD graduates) and work at any skill level, and to switch into work routes if they find a suitable job which is an increase on the current rules.
There is also the Global Talent visa -which recognises the Fashion Design industry where you can apply for a 5 year visa and work on self-employed basis and start up your own business. Details can be read here https://www.gov.uk/global-talent-arts-culture/fashion-design
To read the full government guidance on changes click here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recruiting-people-from-outside-the-uk-from-1-january-2021