UK Interior Minister Priti Patel confirmed today, during a speech to Parliament, that the country will adopt a “flexible” points system to filter out immigrants who intend to work in British territory after the consummation of Brexit.
The new method will come into effect next year and will benefit “talented” health professionals, who will have the process facilitated, with exemption from fees and acceleration of the process for those who are going to work with public health.
In addition, the medical field gained a new tone of importance during the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), where the performance of foreigners was fundamental. Premier Boris Johnson himself was supported during his most critical period in the hospital by nurses from Portugal and New Zealand. According to data from the government itself, 30% of health professionals working in the United Kingdom come from other countries in the European Union.
According to the text, systematization favors migrants with higher education, who are most in need of the British market and with a greater knowledge of English – Europeans or not. One of the main prerogatives of the project is that the professional goes to the country with an annual salary of more than 25.6 thousand pounds (just over R $ 173 thousand).
The protocol may be revised in a less restrictive manner in the case of specific needs for various sectors, or be hardened in the case of hiring of internal labor in areas where there is already a “ceiling” of foreigners working.
During the announcement, Patel confirmed that the country will prohibit the entry of foreigners convicted, in any nation, for crimes that involve sentences of more than a year in detention or that are considered “socially dangerous”. Negotiations between the European bloc and the Johnson government are quite fought, with no agreement between the parties on economic and immigration issues. Both the premier and leaders of the European Union are already asking their parliamentarians to work with the possibility of leaving without an agreement signed by the end of the year.