Immigration Update: The Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence
In March 2020, the UK government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to generate a brand-new Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in anticipation of the launch of the new immigration system. The newly discovered points-based immigration system is scheduled to take effect in the UK from 1st January 2021.
The new immigration system will take prime focus on admittance of overseas skilled labour into the UK and encourage employers to sponsor medium-high skilled migrant workers. More specifically, close attention will be paid to skilled migrant workers in RQF levels 3 to 5.
There are many attractions of sponsoring a migrant worker listed in the SOL for employers. Employers are no longer required to conduct a resident labour market test for Tier 2 (General) visas, there will also be a lower minimum salary threshold for these visas as well as for individuals wishing to obtain an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
A Public Consultation:
The MAC are due to report a SOL by September 2020. In attempt to design this list, the MAC has called for ‘Call for Evidence’, i.e a public conference with employers and businesses. Organisations are being requested to provide their own individual perspectives on the positions being taken up by overseas workers, their respective salaries, and the difficulties they face considering potential changes.
For organisations that may not have capacity to respond to this call for evidence or face implications when seeking to do so because of COVID-19, the MAC have furnished an array of possibilities for them to respond to this. Businesses can either supply limited evidence or stipulate to the MAC that they would have responded if the current circumstances were different.
This public consultation is due to close on 24th June 2020 at 11:45 AM.
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