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MAC announces the reviews of Tier 2

MAC announces the reviews of Tier 2

Mar 30,2016

The MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) is a general public body comprised of migrant economists and experts that provide independent, transparent and evident advice to the government. 
In response to the two reviews of Tier 2 policy, the home office has published its response under the supervision of Migration Advisory Committee. 
Tier 2, the main immigration way for Non-EEA Nationals to apply to work in the UK. In-order to ensure that the employers are propelled to up-skill and train the resident workers, the proposed changes are said to be balanced, whilst making sure that the migrant workers get a stream to access in need. 

The vital changes include:

•The Pay-scale threshold for experienced workers, Tier 2 (General) will be hiked to £25,000 in autumn 2016, and £30,000 in April 2017. Where the health and education professionals will be exempted from this until 2019. A marginal threshold of £20,800 for the entries anew will be maintained.

•Tier 4 students altering to a Tier 2 Visa will not be an objective limit on numerical and their sponsor will not have to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test.

•The Nurses will remain on the Shortage Occupation List, where the sponsors will have to carry out a RSLMT before the recruitment process for Non-EEA Nurse. 

•Apart from the exceptions of graduate trainees, all the intra-company transferees need to qualify under a single visa category holding a minimal pay scale of £41,500, thereby simplifying the transfer provisions.

•For Tier 2 employers, the Immigration skills charge will be levied at a £1,000 per/person/year rate, drawing an £364 rate for small scale business and charities implementing from April 2017. 

The immigration rules for work categories will be simplified, making it eased for sponsors and applicants to enhance and of use. 
 All the stated changed will come into effect in two diverge stages (autumn 2016 and April 2017) to ensure that businesses have enough preparation time. 


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