The UK’s points-based immigration system: information for EU citizens

The Home Office have recently issued information about the UK’s points-based immigration system for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who will arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 19 October 2020)

“The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Free movement between the UK and the European Union will end on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, the UK will implement a points-based immigration system that treats EU and non-EU citizens equally, prioritising individuals’ skills and talent over where a person comes from.

This means from 1 January 2021, if you do not already live in the UK or have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you, as an EU, EEA or swiss citizen, will need to meet specific requirements in order to study or work in the UK. You will also need to pass relevant checks, including UK criminality checks. You can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a visa and may participate in a wide range of activities, including tourism, visiting family and friends, short term study and business-related activities, such as events and conferences.

Irish citizens’ status will continue to be protected as part of Common Travel Area arrangements and therefore will not require permission to come to the UK, except in a very limited number of circumstances, and will not be eligible to apply under the new points-based immigration system.”

Furthermore, the Home Office have issued information pertaining to:

  • EU citizens already living in the UK
  • Applying through the points-based immigration system
  • Working in the UK from January 2021
    • Skilled Worker visa
    • Skilled Work: Health and Care visa
    • Global Talent
    • Alternative work visa routes and specialist occupations
  • Student visa
  • Graduate visa

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on the UK’s points-based immigration system: information for EU citizens, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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