The government has launched a campaign to prepare employers for the introduction of the UK’s points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally.
From 1st January 2021, employers will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire people from outside the UK. Anyone you want to hire outside the UK (excluding Irish citizens) will need to apply for permission first and meet job, salary and language requirements.
Getting a sponsor licence normally takes eight weeks and fees apply. Before applying, employers should check their eligibility. Please find further information on becoming a sponsor here
Employers do not need to be a sponsor to employ someone from the resident labour market with an existing right to work in the UK. This also includes Irish citizens, EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status, and non-EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
All existing sponsors will automatically transfer into their equivalent routes under the new points-based immigration system.
You can find further information on the changes here