According to the British Home Office (2021), just under one million visas to the United Kingdom were issued during 2020 through various UK visa programmes (e.g., visitor, student, work, family, etc.), including 125,173 UK visas granted to foreign workers and their families.
The United Kingdom is a top destination for international migrants, because of the many jobs that are available to foreign workers, the country’s excellent education system, its advanced healthcare, the overall high standard of living in the UK, and opportunities to become British permanent residents and citizens.
After the United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) in January 2020 (known as “Brexit”), the British Government announced that a points-based Skilled Worker Visa programme for skilled foreign workers would launch on January 1, 2021.
The Global Talent Visa is another UK immigration programme and it is designed for individuals who have exceptional talent or exceptional promise/potential.
Foreign workers living in the UK lawfully for a certain number of years with the relevant British work visa who meet all of the requirements may have the opportunity to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom as Permanent Residents.
A foreign national with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status who has been legally living in the UK for a particular amount of time and who satisfies other criteria may be able to apply to become a British citizen!
Disclaimer: This is general information and should not be considered as UK immigration advice.