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The independent Migration Advisory Committee has completed its review of Tier 1 of the government’s points-based system.

Earlier this year, the government asked the MAC to consider whether the criteria for Tier 1 should be changed in 2010/11 to reflect changing economic circumstances. The MAC’s report, published today, says that Tier 1 is generally operating well, but also recommends some changes.

Regarding the Tier 1 (General) route for highly skilled workers, the MAC’s recommendations include:

  • the salary multipliers, which are used to convert previous earnings outside the UK into a UK equivalent, should be rapidly and thoroughly reviewed;
  • migrants with a bachelor’s degree but no master’s degree should be allowed to come to the UK under Tier 1 (General), if their previous earnings are high enough;
  • professional qualifications (in law and accountancy, for example) should be considered as equal to a master’s degree;
  • the pay thresholds should be substantially increased, with no points for previous annual earnings below £24,000;
  • migrants with previous annual earnings of at least £150,000 should not need to meet the educational qualification requirements;
  • applicants should receive points for their age if they are 39 or under; and
  • successful applicants should initially be allowed to come to the UK for two years, rather than three as at present, with a three-year extension later if they are in highly skilled employment.

The MAC says the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route – for migrants who want to work in the UK after completing a course of study here – should continue, as it brings economic benefits to the UK. But it recommends that the government should consider whether all courses and all institutions should continue to be treated the same.

For more information about the MAC, and to download a copy of the report, see the Migration Advisory Committee section of this website.

In response to the report, Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:

‘The MAC has delivered a robust and thorough report, and the government will consider it carefully over the coming weeks.

‘The points-based system is a powerful and flexible tool which means that businesses can recruit the skilled foreign workers that the economy needs, but not at the expense of British workers, nor as a cheaper alternative to investing in the skills of the existing workforce.

‘Our own research shows that more than eight in ten people who have used Tier 1 of the points-based system were satisfied with the process.’

The government will announce whether it accepts the recommendations in early 2010. The announcement will be published on this website.

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5 Responses to “MAC endorse Tier 1 immigration routes for highly skilled migrants”
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  1. chands says :

    Dear sir,
    i am right now on the post study visa untill may 2011, i have masters degree from london and working as a pharmacy technicia, but according to this new rule £24000 is quite a big money for income, how can i switch into the tier 1 category, my income is around £17000 a year, this is really disturbing matter for my family and me, it may lead to kick me out of contry, pleaze help me regarding this matter

  2. Rizwan Yousaf says :

    dear sir,

    I would appreciate if you please keep me update about UKBA when they are going to change or review their Tier-1 policy because i am the who was facing same problem as mentioned in MAC’s report.

    kindly reply,

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