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UK launches points-based immigration system

The news system is based on the pattern used in USA and Australia to attract highly skilled professionals.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 22:23 IST

In a step that would benefit Indian doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs, Britain on Tuesday launched a new points-based immigration system.

It is based on the pattern used in USA and Australia to attract highly skilled professionals.

Under the system, low-skilled workers from outside the European Union will not normally be allowed into Britain.

Unveiling the scheme, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the focus of the points-based system would be on foreigners who are highly skilled or who have been sponsored by industry or colleges.

Like similar schemes in the US and Australia, people who want to come to the UK will be awarded points for factors including their age, qualifications, previous earnings and whether they have a job offer.

It will consolidate more than 80 existing work and study immigration schemes into five tiers.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 22:23 IST