Migration Advice Comittee report on post-brexit immigration

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Migration Advice Comittee (MAC) has released it's much anticipated independent report on post-brexit immigration: A Point's Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration. The report responds to the Home Secretary's commission into a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration and specfically warns that while it's proposals would benefit the UK economy as a whole, it would increase the pressures in social care because of a shortage of low paid workers being able to enter the country. 

In the report the MAC criticised the UK's current complex immigration system.

When it came to Tier 1 visas or 'excceptional talent visas' - the committee said the rules "set too high a bar for the definition of 'exceptional talent' and is often not a route well-suited for those who satisfy the existing definition". The report suggested increasing the number of points awarded to those with the most desired skill and focus on younger applicants showing promise rather than those already estabilished.

For Tier 2 or 'general visais', the committee said the criteria was too strict to call it a points based system as applicants have to meet every one. However, they recommended keeping the existing framework but lower the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600.

The committee believes having a salary threshold is important as it prevents the undercutting of the labour market, ensured migrants made a net positive contribution to the public finances, and made sure migration policy supported the "ambition to make the UK a high wage, high skill, high productivity economy".