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Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system

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That is why a majority Conservative Government will [...] introduce a firmer and fairer Australian-style points-based immigration system, so that we can decide who comes to this country on the basis of the skills they have and the contribution they can make – not where they come from.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.20

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to establish a points-based immigration system, under which migrants can apply to enter the UK only if they attain a certain number of points, assigned on the basis of factors such as work skills, a job offer, education and language proficiency.
  • In February 2020, the government released a policy statement which laid out details of the new system, and committed to its introduction on 1 January 2021.
  • With a clear plan in place to implement the new system in 2021, this policy is ‘in progress’.

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