Call for evidence for Tier 2 review

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14 / 8 / 2015 Midnight

We are inviting employers to contribute evidence to the second part of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) review of Tier 2 points-based immigration system.

This second stage is a wider review of the Tier 2 route, and is looking at the implications of: 

  • restricting the Tier 2 route so you will only be able to recruit for occupations on a shortage occupation list - this proposal would close down the resident labour market route
  • limiting the length of time that occupations can remain on the shortage list
  • applying a skills levy to employers recruiting outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), with proceeds funding apprenticeships or other forms of training for resident workers
  • restricting automatic right of dependents of Tier 2 visa holders to work.

Your evidence

Your input to this second part is important as it will ensure that our formal response to the MAC robustly illustrates the impact of immigration restrictions on employers in the NHS. The findings of this review will inform the MAC's recommendations to the home secretary about reducing migration to the UK. For an overview of the information that we require from you, please view our summary slides.  

We would also really like to hear from you if you are experiencing current difficulties with the process of gaining certificates of sponsorship for overseas recruits. Please email and one of our team will be in touch.  

Tier 2 first part submission

The review of Tier 2 has been split into two parts, the first of which concerned early advice on Tier 2 salary thresholds. On 13 August 2015 the MAC published a report on its analysis of salary thresholds. We are pleased to see that the MAC has made reference to the challenges for the health sector if minimum salary thresholds are increased. We will continue to reinforce these challenges through part two of the review.

Get in touch 

Please email with your views and evidence by 28 August 2015. The closing date for submitting evidence to the MAC is 25 September 2015.

You can find more information about the Tier 2 review on the website

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