Britain on Sunday (26 January) announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”
EU free movement will continue for 11 months after Brexit during a transition period designed to allow London and Brussels to agree a new future partnership.
The government hopes to introduce a new points-based immigration system on 1 January 2021, for EU and non-EU citizens, but the details are still being worked out.
The newly announced Global Talent visa system will come into effect from next month, to replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
The government also unveiled an extra £300 million (€356 million) to fund “experimental and imaginative mathematical sciences research” over the next five years.