Changes to the shortage occupation list – More IT jobs added
In May, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the first time the SOL had been looked at in six years.
MAC recommended that they add more IT roles within the list for example, business analyst, systems designers, programmers and software development professionals.
What does this mean? The government accepts that there is a lack of skilled IT professionals available to businesses within the UK labour market.
Good news for IT companies recruiting workers in this industry as this shows that there is a lack of workers in the UK. This means that the companies do not need to advertise for these roles. The visa fees are lower and there is no waiting the ’28 days’ to receive the Certificate of Sponsorship.
If you would like any more information about this process, please contact Leena Chouhan on 0203 818 5433 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should the salary threshold for Tier 2 workers be reduced?
There are suggestions that the next Prime Minster should lower the salary threshold from £30,000 to £20,000. Industry experts believe that this will avoid skills shortages.
Currently any non-EU citizen working in the UK must earn at least £30,000, but under current proposals this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit.
Many UK industry experts believe that all jobs in the UK were currently beneath the £30,000 cut-off.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt who is considered the underdog in the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, has said he would review the £30,000 salary threshold, while prioritising skilled workers.
Boris Johnson, has called for a new Australian-style points-based system. This would consider factors such as whether an immigrant has a firm job offer and their ability to speak English.
Both men also oppose the government’s target of bringing net migration down to under 100,000 people a year, which has never been met.
Recent figures gleaned from freedom of information requests show that, despite Home Office rules, 90% of nurses, half of all medical radiographers, 10% of paramedics and a third of secondary schoolteachers earn below the minimum.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Our new skills-based immigration system is designed to attract the talented workers we need for the economy to continue to prosper, while also delivering on the referendum result following the end of free movement.
If you would like to discuss the above or have any queries regarding sponsorship applications and the Tier 2 process please contact Leena Chouhan on 0203 818 5433 or email: email@example.com
Would an Australian points based system work in the UK?
Boris Johnson has recommended that we move towards an ‘Australian style’ points based system. We already have a points based system in the UK so how would this differ from the Australian one?
The Australian system is based upon scoring according to a list of criteria such as language, ability, age, competency, professional qualifications and industry based experience. The points need to be above a minimum point requirement which means that then they will be granted a visa.
You can balance out the score if your level of English is limited but you have a great deal of work experience.
How is this different from the current PBS?
The UK Points based system was introduced in 2007, this system must meet mandatory criteria before they are assigned any points. Also there is no room to compensate scoring points in one area and if it is not met in another area. It is very different from our current system in the UK which is a black and white approach to immigration.
The main difference is in the UK they need a guaranteed job offer.
We cannot see how another Australian style points based system would work in the UK. It wont necessary reduce net migration to the UK. We anticipate that it would bring about a new set of issues.
If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shortage occupation list should be expanded
The shortage occupation list (SOL) needs to include other occupations. MAC has published its review of the SOL following an extensive period of consultation. The last SOL was reviewed in 2013.
The advantages of being on the shortage occupation list are as follows:
- Not having to conduct a Resident Labour market test.
- Exemption from the minimum income threshold for settlement.
- Visa fees are lower.
- Allocation of Cos is given priority.
If its recommendation is taken forward, it will mean the list will cover around 9% of jobs in the UK labour market, compared with just 1% under the current list.
MAC recommends that certain health, engineering, science, digital jobs are added to the list. If you require assistance with sponsoring non EU workers please contact Leena Chouhan at
Should the government guarantee the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK?
The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had ‘blighted’ the scheme with some struggling to navigate the online application system. MPS were not happy with the fact that European residents only get legal status post Brexit if they apply to it. Therefore, they need to take a active step, those who don’t do anything become undocumented migrants.
EU Citizens who apply don’t even get a document that they can show to employers, landlords, hospitals etc. Proof of settled status is digital. The Committee recommends issuing a hard copy residence document.
The committee also recommends that the Home Office:
- Answer the questions raised by campaign group the 3 million over a year ago
- Make calls to the Settlement Scheme helpline free
- Clarify how and when hostile environment measures will be applied to EU citizens
- “Clarify the legal standing of EU citizens, in the period between Brexit and the deadline, who have not yet applied to or completed the Settlement Scheme”
- Train caseworkers in how to support vulnerable applicants
- Actively help vulnerable people who don’t have evidence of UK residence to seek it out
- Target children, for example by prompting people during the application process to apply on behalf of any kids
- Clarify how people will “graduate” from pre-settled to full settled status and take responsibility for reminding them to apply for the upgrade.
If you require assistance with applying for the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact immigration team: email@example.com
Should employers sponsor their highly skilled EU Workers if there is a no deal Brexit?
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, we are now recommending that employers should at least consider sponsoring EU employees under Tier 2 of the points based system.
New start-up and innovator visas encourage entrepreneurs to the UK
The Government has introduced two new visa routes for entrepreneurs.
The start-up visa, this visa is for those wishing to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. The start-up visa is an expanded version of the Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur visa, which allowed universities to endorse international students.
The innovator visa, this visa is for more experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. With some exceptions, applicants will also have funding to invest in their business.
The key requirement under both these categories is that individuals will need to obtain an endorsement from a relevant body. These bodies will include: UK higher education institutions which meet specific requirements, and organisations with a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs. Such bodies will need to be approved by the Home Office.
If you would like any information or assistance with these visas please contact Leena Chouhan.
Is there a post-brexit solution for farm workers?
The issues in relation to retaining agricultural workers surmising rotting fruit mountains have been widely reported by the media. Talk of the new schemes, quotas and sponsor licences are incredibly confusing. We have demystified some of the rhetoric.
Start-up visas for tech companies – what’s all the hype about?
During this year’s London Tech Week, a new visa route aimed at the tech industry was announced. The Start Up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and feedback from the tech sector.