Compared to the other points-based systems around the world, the British version has the most strenuous employment requirement. While other countries give points to immigrants with a job offer, only the UK will require it. Top science and technology researchers are an exception. They will not need to have a job offer to immigrate to the UK.

The new system will be used by officials to evaluate both EU and non-EU nationals.

The UK’s Home Office says it’s working on refining the system, which “might include a greater range of qualification levels or other factors such as age or experience studying in the UK”. It also says that immigrant workers approved under the system will be allowed to come to the UK with their families.

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