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From 1 January 2021, freedom of movement between the UK and EU is ending and the UK will introduce a new points-based immigration system. The new system will introduce job, salary and language requirements, treating EU and non-EU citizens equally and transforming the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.

From 1 January 2021, you will need a sponsor license to hire most eligible people from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, who are exempt.  The process usually takes around eight weeks and fees apply.

You can find our more at

  • Download the employer guide for a detailed introduction to the points-based immigration system.
  • Sign up to receive email updates on the points-based immigration system

Read the full sponsorship guidance for employers

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