Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals

  • Liz Jackson

Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals

Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals

The Migration Advisory Committee is considering government proposals to reduce employment of non-EEA migrants in the UK. The proposals include:

  • Restricting work visas to occupations with “genuine skills shortages” or for specialist experts.
  • Imposing a time limit on how long a sector can claim it has a skills shortage.
  • Introducing a “skills levy” on Tier 2 (Skilled Work) visas to increase funding for UK apprenticeships.
  • Raising the salary thresholds for Tier 2 visas to prevent businesses from using foreign workers to undercut wages. This proposal will be fast-tracked and implemented later this year.

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