The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is seeking stakeholders' views on the operation and effectiveness of the intra-company transfer immigration route, as well as a potential expansion of the immigration options for overseas businesses setting up a presence in the United Kingdom. The deadline for submitting responses to the MAC's call for evidence is 15 June 2021. The MAC is due to report back to the government in October 2021.
Under the new immigration system launched on 1 December 2020, the skilled worker route has replaced Tier 2 (General). Benefits for employers include the fact that there are fewer restrictions on switching to the Skilled Worker visa from within the United Kingdom, the skills threshold has been lowered to Regulated Qualifications Framework Level 3, the salary thresholds have been reduced and the resident labour market test has been removed.
The Home Office has released an update for employers on the new points-based immigration system due to take effect from January 2021. Despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Home Office still intends to go ahead with the new immigration system within the timeframe outlined in its policy statement released on 19 February 2020. What does this mean for UK employers?