Britain Unveils New Visa Scheme ahead of Brexit

Britain seems all set for life outside the European Union as it unveiled its new -track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the plan on Sunday, just days before Brexit finally takes place on January 31.

Announcing the immigration scheme, Johnson said, “As we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”

EU free movement will continue for 11 months after Brexit during a transition period designed to allow London and Brussels to agree a new future partnership.

The government hopes to introduce a new points-based immigration system on January 1, 2021, for EU and non-EU citizens, but the details are still being worked out.

The newly announced Global Talent visa system will come into effect from next month, to replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

Tribuneonline reported that Only around 550 of the old visas were issued in 2018-19, well below the cap of 2,000, and officials hope the new, uncapped scheme will be more enticing.

It is open to a wider range of applicants and offers an easier route to settling in Britain.

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