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The Government has published its response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations following its review of the shortage occupation lists. 

Occupations are put on the lists if there is a shortage of resident workers to fill skilled jobs in those occupations. 

For other skilled jobs, employers must complete a resident labour market test before recruiting workers from outside the European Economic Area. 

Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: 

‘The reduced job shortage list means migrants can only fill skilled vacancies through this route where there is a significant shortage of local workers to do the work. This does not mean that all jobs on the list will go to foreign workers. In fact, only a small proportion of these jobs, which employers are unable to fill with British workers and those already here, will go to people from outside Europe. 

‘Any skilled job not on this list must now be advertised in a Jobcentre Plus – giving British workers and those already here the chance to apply for them first. 

‘This is yet another example of how the government can use the flexibility of the points-based system to ensure migration works for everyone in these changing economic times.’

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended that the qualification threshold for overseas Social Care Workers be changed to NQF (National Qualification Framework)/NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 2 and the minimum salary cut from £8.80 to £7.80.

MAC’s recommendations will be welcome news for the Care Sector, Senior Carers and NVQ Health and Social Care students.

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  1. HI,
    Could you please let me understand the immigration law of dependent…My son is holding permanent residence vald until 2014.Im planning to send my son back home to study in one of the University as I can not afford the high cost of schhol fee in UK.
    My question is how many months he should stay outside UK
    in order not to affect our immigration status
    Thank you and Im looking forward for your kind reply.
    Yours Truly,

  2. cshankar says :

    How long does it take for issue of “certificate of sponsorship”

  3. […] Government response on shortage occupation review […]

  4. […] Government response on shortage occupation review […]

  5. You should to see an adviser before you leave your job, especially as you have no sponsor under Tier 2.

  6. Hi! I am working as Senior Care Assisstant if im going to change employer now but still same job role will I undergo point based system?or transition D still applies? Can you help me find sponsor.How much it usually cost? Thanks.

  7. i m a male nurse working in india and have experience of 21 i need any ielts requirements to study nvq3/ you will assist in my visa application from india



  9. Zaldy Sevilleno says :

    Hi Charles,
    I have a 5-year working permit and a 5-year working visa which was issued on September 2005 and will expire on September 2010. I only arrived and worked in the UK as a Senior Care Assistant on May 2006 which means I’ve got only 4 years & 4 months to stay. Is it possible to apply for an extension of working visa to reach a 5-year stay in the UK & to be qualified for an ‘ILR’? Thanks very much.

  10. […] will need to meet the ‘resident labour market test’ unless the job in on the ‘shortage occupation‘ […]

  11. The applicant should follow this up with VFS

  12. c. acluba says :

    Hi Charles,
    Is it still possible to pursue or follow up the recent application for student visa before the tier 4 implementation? Applicant was given reference number where he lodged his application sometime middle of march, unfortunately embassy didnt give schedule straight away,instead assigned it in april. hope you do something about it. thanking you.

  13. For student visas the minimum level in NVQ/NQF Level 3

  14. Hi Charles,

    Can you tell me if I am right. Prospective students can now apply NVQ2 . Could he easily get a workplacement at this level. Also what is the required wage per hour allowed by the government. Is there any chance he can get a work permit in the future?

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