Skilled but jobless Kenyans to start working in UK starting 2021

Home Office
Home office. [Photo: The Independent]

The United Kingdom has welcomed highly-skilled Kenyans to work in Britain starting January 2021.

The UK on Monday released what it terms as UK’s points-based immigration system which will allow highly skilled Kenyans to move to the UK even without a degree which has been a qualification for any skilled worked seeking a work permit in the UK.

Home Secretary Priti Patel in his statement said that Britain is ready to welcome the world to Britain.

“Requirements for job applicants in 2021 have been lowered to a minimum skill level of A-level or an equivalent, from the prior degree level requirement under the 27-member EU bloc system.

“Attaining the work permits will enable local job-seekers to compete with citizens from the European Union and other regions,” a statement on its website read.

The UK assured that the new system will treat everyone equally.

Points will be awarded to citizens who have a job at an appropriate skill level, those who meet the salary threshold, those who have a job in a shortage occupation, English language skills and educational qualifications.

Kenyans with expertise in plumbing, IT, accountancy and electrical works stand a higher chance to benefit from this window.

Potential employers in the UK now have time to prepare as the British government prepares the new immigration system which will be rolled out in phases.

Under this programme, there will be a Health and Care Visa for specialized health professionals seeking to work in the UK. It will be cheap and easy to attain.

Secondly, a new graduate route opening in Summer 2021 will allow international students to stay in the UK once they have successfully completed their studies.

Students who have completed undergraduate and master’s degrees will be able to stay for two years and those who have completed PhD can stay for three years, making it easier for some of the best, international graduates to secure skilled jobs in the UK and contribute to the UK’s economic growth.