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Committee questions Minister on points-based immigration system, EU Settlement Scheme and Hong Kong visa offer

3 November 2020

The Home Affairs Committee takes evidence from the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster MP, and Home Office officials on Wednesday 4 November in a session focussing on the implementation of the UK’s new immigration system.

Points-based immigration system

From January 2021, freedom of movement will be replaced by a points-based immigration system, alongside specialist routes for scientists, healthcare workers and graduates. With less than two months until the system becomes operational, the Committee will question the Minister on progress in preparing for and implementing the new system and the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit negotiations.

EU Settlement Scheme and Hong Kong visa offer

The session will also explore other issues including the EU Settlement Scheme, including the rising number of refusals and the consequences for people who fail to apply in time, and the Government’s offer of visa and settlement routes for British National (Overseas) citizens in Hong Kong.


Wednesday 4 November 2020, Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am:

  • Kevin Foster MP, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Home Office

  • Marc Owen OBE, Director, Visas and Citizenship, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

  • Philippa Rouse, Director, Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS) Policy, Home Office

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