British Government makes it easier for top talent to get visas

Scientists will be welcome to the UK Credit: Trust "Tru" Katsande Unsplash

BRITISH Government makes it easier for top talent to get visas as it recognises that there is a massive skill shortage in certain industries.

The UK’s top high-growth businesses will have greater flexibility and power to entice the world’s top talent through the new Scale-up visa, the government announced on August 22.

UK businesses experiencing impressive success will be eligible to sponsor talented individuals, from scientists and engineers to architects and programmers, to support their growth and contribute to boosting the UK’s economy.

Unlike other sponsored visas, the Scale-up visa allows businesses to employ high-skilled individuals who will receive two years’ leave to remain in the UK without requiring further sponsorship or permission beyond the first six months.

Minister for Safe and Legal Migration Kevin Foster said, “Rapidly growing businesses, like small enterprises, tech and financial services, need the right level of support to go to the next level.

“Through our Scale-up visa, we’re enabling businesses to focus on their growth and innovation by giving them more freedom to bring in the diverse skills and experience they need, making them more attractive on an international stage.

“By supporting our high-growth tech, financial services and small businesses, we are ensuring the UK remains a global hub for emerging technologies and innovation while enhancing productivity across the economy – creating jobs, growth and prosperity across Britain.”

Tellingly what he didn’t say was how these special people would be encouraged to leave existing jobs to take up a two-year appointment when Britain and most of the world is facing a possible recession so jobs in their home countries may be few and far between if they have to leave the UK when their visa expires.

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