In his latest speech on immigration, Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) will consider new measures to reduce demand for migrant labour.
MAC is responsible for providing transparent, independent and evidence-based advice to the Government on migration issues. By the end of 2015, it will advise the Government on:
While the bulk of MAC’s proposals will be delivered by December 2015, allowing the Government to implement any amendments in the April 2016 rule changes, MAC has been asked to fast track proposals on raising the salary thresholds of Tier 2 visas in time for the Autumn Immigration Rule changes.
Many businesses have raised serious concerns regarding the proposals outlined in the Prime Minister’s speech. There is clear evidence that in certain sectors, for example technology, where there is a large scale skills shortage, skilled migrants are required not only to help fill the skills shortage but also to upskill British workers.
Penningtons Manches’ immigration team has worked with MAC on previous consultations. MAC will want to hear from genuine UK businesses about how the proposed changes will affect them. For further information, please contact immigration partner Pat Saini.