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21 April 2021
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is seeking stakeholders' views on the operation and effectiveness of the intra-company transfer (ICT) 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.
The current ICT routes replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) category in December 2020. The main alternative is the skilled worker route.
The main ICT route enables UK employers to transfer existing senior employees and specialist personnel who have been employed by a group business abroad for at least 12 months. High earners with a salary of £73,900 or higher need not meet the 12-month employment requirement.
The intra-company graduate trainee route is available to transfer up to 20 graduate trainees to the United Kingdom per financial year as part of a structured graduate training programme. Graduate trainees must have been employed by a group business abroad for at least three months.
The salary thresholds and skill requirements for the ICT route are higher than those of the skilled worker route and the advantages of using it are limited to certain situations (for further details please see "MAC commissioned to report on intra-company transfers").
The MAC has been asked to advise on the following:
The MAC is also gathering evidence on an expansion of the government's mobility offering that would allow overseas businesses to send a small team to the United Kingdom to set up a branch, subsidiary or office in the United Kingdom. Currently, employers can send only one person under the representative of overseas business route. The government is also seeking to expand its mobility offering to include a route that would permit overseas businesses to send a team to the United Kingdom in connection with a high-value contract for the provision of products or services.
The MAC is considering:
The MAC would like to receive evidence on:
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