Government intention to develop fast-track immigration process for ‘elite’ scientists and researchers post-Brexit

August 9th, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that the government will work with the scientific community to develop a new fast-track visa route that will encourage  ‘the brightest and best’ to work in Britain.

He also reconfirmed that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government will ensure any Horizon 2020 applications at the approvals stage will be automatically reviewed by UKRI. Successful applications will then be provided with funding.

The fast-track visa route may be introduced later this year and may include:

  • abolishing the cap on numbers under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas
  • expanding the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates
  • creating criteria that confer automatic endorsement, subject to immigration checks
  • ensuring dependents have full access to the labour market
  • removing the need to hold an offer of employment before arriving
  • accelerated path to settlement

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August 20th, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Anton Kubala

How gracious of Mr. Johnson that we, the useful high value foreigners are allowed to stay in the UK to mitigate the economic nightmare that will be a no deal brexit while my fellow Europeans who kept the UK going for the past 30 years, who did the low wage jobs noone else wanted to do, digging up turnips, being nurses in the NHS, packing amazon parcels, cleaning bathrooms are no longer welcome.There is a quote from J. W. Goethe “I cant rid myself of the ghosts I summoned” Mr. Jonson, you can rid yourself of the ghosts you summoned. Either the UK wants immigrants or not, but this country cant constantly cherry pick the benefits of a united Europe (peace, free market, ease of travel, etc..) while refusing the drawbacks/challenges. The great British philosopher Mick Jagger once said “You cant always get what you want” and that was as true in the 60s as it is today.

August 21st, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Paul Wentworth

I agree with Anton,

I was born in the UK and no longer really feel a part of it (and quite honestly don’t want to be either) so why would anyone who wasn’t born here feel welcome anymore, especially those in the low income jobs that run this country and now are being told they are not welcome.
it’s a shambles.

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