United Kingdom – Request for Evidence for Tier 2 Review

What has changed

On July 2, 2015, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) issued a Call for Evidence in regards to the current review of the Tier 2 route. The MAC has requested that partners submit evidence and input on potential Tier 2 reforms by September 25, 2015.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Clients who hold a valid UK Sponsor License and use the Tier 2 route

The MAC has been commissioned by the government to review Tier 2 to address concerns about the rising number of migrants in that route and reliance on them to fill shortages. The MAC has been asked to look at:

  • options to re-focus the route on areas where there are genuine skills shortages
  • how to limit the time that sectors can remain on a shortage list
  • the implementation of a levy on Tier 2 visas, to fund apprenticeships
  • restrictions on the automatic right of Tier 2 dependents’ to work
  • tightening up on the intra-company transfer (ICT) route, including applying the immigration health surcharge to ICTs
  • raising the minimum salary levels that migrants have to be paid

Section Four (4) of the Call for Evidence gives a specific list of the questions for which the MAC is requesting feedback. When submitting your feedback you do not need to reply to all the questions but only those you would like to express your comments on.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Please send your comments either to Emigra Worldwide at cfoden@emigra.com or direct to MAC at mac@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.
  • You are strongly encourage to submit your comments prior to the September 25, 2015 deadline.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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