UK immigration - Tier 2 under review

26 June 2015

As part of the Government’s commitment to reduce migration, a call for evidence has been published seeking views on aspects of the Tier 2 system.

The Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on 10 June 2015 to conduct a review of the Tier 2 route. This commission is split into two parts:

  • early advice on Tier 2 salary thresholds by 21 July 2015
  • a wider review of the Tier 2 routes by mid-December 2015.

The MAC has now launched a call for evidence relating to the first part of this commission:

  • increasing the Tier 2 (General) minimum salary threshold of £20,800 and the Tier 2 (ICT) minimum salary thresholds of £24,800 for the short-term category and £41,500 for the long-term category to a level that better aligns with the salaries paid to highly-specialised experts or individuals filling skills shortages skilled to NQF level 6 or higher
  • increasing the Tier 2 minimum salaries per occupation for experienced workers from the 25th percentile to the 50th or 75th percentiles, or other appropriate measure
  • increasing the Tier 2 minimum salaries per occupation for new entrant workers from the 10th percentile to the 25th or 50th percentiles, or other appropriate measure.

The call for evidence sets out the questions on which the MAC seeks views and evidence from partners as well as how to respond. As the government has asked the MAC for early advice on the salary thresholds aspect of the Tier 2 commission, the closing date for responses to be received by the MAC is at 12:00 midnight, Friday 3 July 2015. A very tight time scale to allow any changes to meet the Autumn Immigration Rules changes.

A second call for evidence, relating to the wider review of Tier 2, will then be published around late June/early July 2015. This call will run until September 2015. In order to allow partners additional time to prepare, a summary description of the Tier 2 commission is included in the salary thresholds call for evidence.