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MAC salary threshold and points-based system (PBS) commission: call for evidence - Law Society response

Posted: 14 November 2019

We responded to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence: Threshold and points-based system commission.

The proposals

  • On 24 June 2019, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (‘MAC’) to review the salary threshold for skilled worker route visas in relation to the UK’s future immigration system following Brexit.
  • On 3 September 2019, the Government also commissioned the MAC to research and provide evidence-based recommendations on how an ‘Australian-style’ points-based immigration system could work.
  • This Call for Evidence seeks views from organisations on Tier 2 (General) visas and on the potential of a new points-based visa route.

Our view

Our opinion is that salary thresholds for Tier 2 (General) visas should be fair on all sizes, sectors and locations for business operating across the UK. A standard salary threshold is open to potential abuse and may harm employment sectors with lower salaries. We think that there should be tailored thresholds to account for factors such as geographical regions of businesses.

We also believe that there is room for a new, standalone visa route in UK immigration that would encourage and permit highly skilled workers to move to the UK without a specific job offer in place. However, due to the complexity of UK immigration law, we recommend extended, significant consideration by the Government and MAC with stakeholders prior to implementing any new systems of this kind.

Next steps

The consultation closed on 5 November 2019.

The Migration Advisory Committee will analyse the results of the call for evidence.

View the consultation on the Government’s website.

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