Changes to skilled worker visas

24 March 2016

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee review of Tier 2 migration, Director-General of the Russell Group of Universities, Dr Wendy Piatt said:

“The Government’s decision to exempt PhD positions and those switching from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 visa from the immigration skills charge is particularly welcome news. Universities are different from other businesses – their core mission is to create knowledge, innovate and educate and we are pleased today’s announcement recognises this important distinction.

"Maintaining the current minimum salaries for graduate and new entrants to professions, the work rights of dependants and the current rules for Tier 4 graduates switching to Tier 2 visas will attract the most talented individuals to the UK. Attracting these highly talented people from all other the world helps our universities to remain globally competitive and helps drive economic growth here in the UK. In this context, we appreciate the delay to the increase in minimum salaries for experienced workers."

Note to Editors

  1. The Government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) review of Tier 2 migration can be found here.
  2. Our responses to the two consultations launched by the MAC can be found here and here.

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