The Strategist

UK may relax visa requirements for foreign workers

09/26/2022 - 11:20

In an effort to draw in foreign labor, the UK may cut visa rules. The Financial Times reports that Liz Truss intends to increase the range of occupations eligible for the simplified application process for work visas and may reportedly loosen the English proficiency standards for foreign specialists.

According to the Financial Times, British Prime Minister Liz Truss wants to change the country's immigration policy in order to address the issue of labor shortages in important sectors. It is not defined when the reform will be formally announced and introduced.

The newspaper notes that Truss intends to modify the list of "shortage vocations" to enable local firms to hire more foreign workers.

The inclusion of a profession on this list results in decreased visa application costs for foreign specialists, and employers won't need to demonstrate that they couldn't fill the position with a local candidate. According to the publication, the government may also slacken English language proficiency criteria for several businesses for overseas workers.