Latest Immigration proposals risk cutting off the talent pipeline, says REC
The REC has this week responded to the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Consultation on employment-related settlement.
The consultation has sought views on how those who come to the UK to work in Tiers 1 and 2 can be granted indefinite leave to remain, or settlement, in the UK.
In its submission, the REC has made it clear that the UK must demonstrate that it is open for business, enabling UK employers to access the best and brightest from around the world.
Commenting on the submission, Gillian Econopouly, REC Head of Public Policy said:
“Recent initiatives by the Government to create flexibility in the immigration system for investors, entrepreneurs and the ‘exceptionally talented’ have been particularly welcome.The proposals outlined in this consultation, however, seem to take a step backwards by closing off settlement routes for highly-skilled workers should they wish to remain in the UK. We are very concerned that as a result, the UK could become a less-attractive option for high-calibre international workers.”
"Of course we must do everything possible to develop the UK's own talent pipeline. However, the recent immigration changes mean that only those with a job offer, in a shortage occupation, or of exceptional talent are able to enter the UK to work. Consequently, all would-be entrants are pre-vetted and approved as being valuable to the UK economy.
"Unfortunately, the proposals in this consultation risk putting off some of the specialist workers who are crucial for UK business, which could ultimately hold back economic growth.”