United Kingdom: New Skilled Worker Pilot Program to Launch, Reducing Barriers to Entry

July 26, 2021

Key Points

  • For skilled workers, this plan eliminates certain documentation requirements and administrative processes.  
  • The UK is not lowering its criteria for the Skilled Worker route. Instead, it is allowing more individuals to apply who may not have been able to otherwise.   
  • The intent of this pilot program is to promote inclusivity and remove potentially discriminatory barriers from the immigration process.   
  • There will be 100 initial applications accepted. 


In a partnership between UK Government and Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), the UK Home Office added a tentative piece of legislation to the Skilled Worker program, streamlining the immigration process for skilled worker refugees and displaced foreign nationals.  Many skilled workers are often unable to apply for work authorization in the UK due to lacking required documents.  

What has Changed? 

The new pilot program for Skilled Workers provides the opportunity for displaced foreign nationals and refugees to apply for work authorization.


Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional. 

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