Posted on: Mar 04,2021
|Previous visa category||Replacement/ New visa category||Effective from||Purpose|
|Tier 1 (Investor)||NO CHANGE||–||For HNWI with a minimum of £2million to invest in qualifying UK investments|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)/ Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)||Start-up/ Innovator||29 March 2019||For entrepreneurs to set-up and run their own business in the UK|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)||Global Talent||20 February 2020||For recognised (potential) leaders in certain sectors to live/ study/ work/ run their own business in the UK|
|Tier 2 (General)||Skilled Worker||1 December 2020||For sponsored migrants to live and work in the UK|
|Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer)||Intra-Company Transfer||1 December 2020||For employees working in a linked overseas entity to be transferred to work for the linked UK entity|
|Tier 4 (General)||Student||5 October 2020||For people aged 16 and over to study in the UK|
|Tier 4 (Child)||Child||5 October 2020||For people aged between 4 and 17 to study in the UK|
|Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)||Youth Mobility Scheme||1 December 2020||For certain foreign migrants to come to the UK on a working-holiday basis|
|Sole Rep||NO MAJOR CHANGE||1 December 2020||For senior employees to be sent by their overseas employer to establish and run its first UK establishment|
|UK Ancestry||NO MAJOR CHANGE||1 December 2020||For Commonwealth citizens with at least one grandparent born in the UK, to live and work in the UK|
Most but not all of the above options allow individuals to apply for settlement in the UK, usually after 5 years.
For further information see Immigration Rules
Although EU free movement rules no longer apply, most Irish citizens can still freely come to the UK to live, work and study, without applying for any kind of immigration permission.
EEA citizens can visit the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a visa; however, you must be able to satisfy the Immigration Officer at the UK Border that you are a genuine visitor. What you can and cannot do in the UK as a visitor is heavily regulated.
Visitors are not allowed to work in the UK unless it is a “permitted activity”. For example, it is permitted to carry out limited business activities (e.g. attend seminars/ conferences/ meetings). In addition, visitors must not receive payment from a UK source, except for limited reasons, for example reasonable expenses to cover the costs of travel and subsistence.
This UK “post-Brexit” system was introduced on 29 March 2019 (the original Brexit date). In line with the end of the Brexit Transition Period, as long as an EEA citizen was resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020, they now have until 30 June 2021 to submit a free application for immigration status.
In most cases, applicants will either get Pre-settled Status (a 5-year e-visa), or Settled Status (effectively permanent residence).
If an EEA citizen has not made an application under the EUSS, or other immigration route by 30 June 2021, they will no longer be in the UK lawfully.
For most EEA citizens wishing to take up residence in the UK from 1 January 2021, they are unlikely to be eligible to submit an application under the EUSS and must look at other UK visa options.
Sourced from: Mondaq.com
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