The Home Office has published proposals to help businesses prepare for the go-live of Tiers 2 and 5 of the points system on 27 November.
Detailed guidance on the two tiers is now available on the UK Border Agency website.
Under these tiers, covering skilled and temporary workers, employers will be “held accountable for the workers they bring into the country, with a new sponsorship scheme holding businesses responsible for those they employ”.
Border and Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas said:
“The points system means only the migrants with the skills Britain needs can come – and no more. It is also flexible, allowing us to raise or lower the bar according to the needs of business and taking population trends into account.
“Had the system been in place last year there would have been 12 per cent fewer people coming in to work through the equivalent Work Permit route.”
Tier 2 of the points system will ensure that British jobseekers get the first shot at jobs and only those foreign workers we need will be able to come to the UK.
As in the current system, companies must pass the Resident Labour Market test by proving they cannot fill the post with a resident worker before they can bring in someone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).