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MAC review of Tier 2 - call for evidence

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published a call for evidence for a wider review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System, the route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.

Why are the MAC consulting?

The government has commissioned the MAC to review Tier 2 with a view to making recommendations about significantly reducing economic migration to the UK in order to address concerns about the rising number of migrants in that route and reliance on them to fill shortages. 

What is the scope of the consultation?

The consultation is split into two parts:

1. Minimum Salary Thresholds for Tier 2 (June 2015)

AGCAS contributed a response to the first part of the consultation, focusing on international graduates seeking employment in the UK after completing their studies in the UK, ie those 'switching' into Tier 2 from Tier 4

2. Review of Tier 2 (July 2015)

This latest call for evidence seeks views and evidence from partners to help inform its response to the wider Tier 2 review.  

The MAC has been asked to look at:

• Options to refocus the route on areas where there are genuine skills

• How to limit the time that sectors can remain on a shortage list.

• The implementation of a levy on Tier 2 visas, to fund apprenticeships.

• Restrictions on the automatic right of Tier 2 dependants to work.

• Tightening up on the intra-company transfer (ICT) route, including
   applying the immigration health surcharge to ICTs.

• Raising the minimum salary levels that migrants have to be paid.

The call for evidence document (Section 4) sets out the questions on which the MAC seeks views and evidence from partners.  

AGCAS response

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the consultation. Please submit your feedback directly to Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications and Engagement Manager, by Friday 28 August 2015. All comments received via this route will be used to inform the AGCAS response. 

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