Skip to main content

Alert

Important information for the end of the Brexit Transition Period and the EU Settlement Scheme, if you or your close family members are an EU / EEA Citizen

Contact Us

For advice on immigration,
nationality or human rights,
please contact us now.

Click here to subscribe to weekly updates for our news and blogs.

MPs Call For Permit-Free Work For Skilled Migrants To Fight Post-Brexit Immigration Policy Void

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

MPs are proposing visa-free travel and permit-free work for skilled workers for up to six months in an attempt to challenge the post-Brexit immigration vacuum.

A new report revealed that the UK parliament’s science and technology committee is claiming that government delays in confirming how an immigration system will function after withdrawing from the EU is “deeply damaging” for the science and innovation community in the UK.

The cross-party MPs on the committee said they were disappointed the government had failed to “bring forward its conclusion in relation to the immigration arrangements needed to support science and innovation” in its previous report.

In reaction to the government’s lack of response, the committee have developed their own immigration proposal, recommending that ministers establish visa-free and permit-free work for a maximum of 180 days for skilled workers. They are particularly concerned about the eligibility for the Tier 1 visa designed for migrants with endorsed “exceptional talents”, known as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

The committee recommends that eligibility and proof of intent to leave after the 180 days would be verified at the border, and those arriving through the proposed scheme would require a letter from their UK employer describing the nature of the skilled work.

As for long-term migration, the committee proposed five-year skilled work permits.

This route would be open to anyone with a job offer or third-party sponsorship, and a minimum salary reflecting the “going rate” for the role.

The committee chair and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said: “If the UK wishes to remain open and attractive to the brightest and best global talent following Brexit, it requires an immigration system that allows researchers, technicians, students and innovative entrepreneurs to arrive and work in the UK without facing a burdensome and daunting process”.

 

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

©Gherson 2018

Contact Us

For advice on immigration, nationality, extradition or human rights, please contact us now.

Contact Us