MAC publishes recommendations to restrict migration under Tier 2

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22 / 1 / 2016 3.36pm

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published their recommendations following a review of the Tier 2 immigration route with a view to reducing migration to the UK.

The Home Office will now consider the recommendations and will decide how to proceed. It is likely that changes will not take effect until 6 April 2016 at the earliest.

Summary of the MAC recommendations

Recommendations from the MAC include raising the overall Tier 2 minimum annual salary threshold, introducing an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) and changes to the way in which applications from in-country switchers into Tier 2 (General) are managed.

The MAC recommend retaining eligibility for Tier 2 (General) through two categories; those coming to fill jobs that have been advertised under the Resident Labour Market Test, and those coming to take up jobs on the Shortage Occupation List. They also recommend against imposing any restrictions on dependants' access to the labour market. 

For more detail about the recommendations and the potential impact if these changes are implemented please visit our Tier 2 reform page

Next steps

The Home Office will now consider the recommendations and will decide how to proceed. It is likely that changes will not take effect until 6 April 2016 at the earliest.

Further information

The full MAC report 'Review of Tier 2: balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness' is available to download on the Gov.UK website.

We will publish further information when it becomes available in our weekly workforce bulletin.

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