‘De-risking’ and financial exclusion
The Immigration Minister commissioned the MAC to call for evidence and make recommendations with regard to introducing selective settlement requirements in the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Tier 2 General categories. The MAC consulted widely with employers and interested parties and published its findings and recommendations on 4 November.
Employers responded with a request that no restrictions be placed on Tier 2 General migrants, particularly given the recent restrictions already imposed on entry in this category. There was an overwhelming desire for simplicity and symmetry with any new measures to be introduced. Those consulted were also concerned about the potential effect on competitiveness and the ability to attract suitable talent to the UK labour market.
However, in order to achieve the Government's stated aim of reducing immigration the MAC has published the following recommendations:-
Full details of the published findings can be found at:
We understand the UK Border Agency will publish its report on selective settlement criteria in early December when further details will follow.
For more information, please contact: Nicolas Rollason, Head of Immigration
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