As we head into the summer months, spare a thought for overworked UK farmers who at the peak of the harvesting season are struggling to recruit the workers they need. The National Farmers’ Union has long been lobbying hard for added flexibility in recruitment of non-EEA nationals given the growth in the sector.
Tier 2 sponsors have had to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) of £1,000 per year of the visa, and in January 2019 the Immigration Health Surcharge increased from £200 to £400 per year of the visa. Sometimes the application of the fees can be a little unfair and may catch employers by surprise.
At this time of year, plenty of students in the UK are turning their minds to what happens next after their graduation day. For many, there is the challenge of securing suitable employment. And for those students in the UK who have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, there are further obstacles on the path to finding a job. One option would be to consider gaining experience from an internship on a Tier 5 (GAE) Scheme.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is the independent body tasked with advising the government on UK immigration policy. In September 2018, the MAC produced its 140 page report with recommendations for the future post-Brexit immigration system.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent body set up to advise the government on migration, has recommended that the list of shortage occupations be updated and expanded. The shortage occupation list is incorporated into the Immigration Rules and includes roles for which there are not enough settled workers in the UK.
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