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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) this week published its first review of the shortage occupation lists for skilled workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Some jobs, such as Quantity Surveyors, have been removed, but new jobs have been added, for instance orchestral musicians, visual effects and computer animation technicians and contemporary dancers.

The skills threshold changed for care assistants (Social Care Workers) and chefs. 

MAC have 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.

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

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24 Responses to “The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) revise Shortage Occupations List – Video”
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  1. You need to see an Immigration Adviser registered to discuss asylum cases. See OISC website to find an adviser in your area.

  2. Florence Birungi says :

    I am an asylum seeker who has been in the United Kingdom for 14 years. l have been working as a Support Worker for such a period. l am currently not working, due to my employers stopping me from work. l am suffering a lot as l can not support myself without any benefit. l was offered a work permit which shows on my ARC card. Can you please advise me of what to do, cause my employers requested me to give them a letter from Home Office, so that l can regain my employment.
    Thanks for your help,

  3. sreekala diju says :

    i am a student at a college in leeds studing health and social care management and also working in a care home as a care assistant,my employer has suffering a seviour shortage of they are ready to sponcer me. is there any possibility to get a work permit for me.thankyou

  4. augustine iwelu says :

    i have a first degree, with the MAC recommendations , can i be qualified to apply for the Tier 1 visa?

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  6. I graduated my Bachelor of Science in nursing in the phillippines. I am interested under student Work Placement Scheme (SWOPS). Can you help me to look an employers, agencies, universities, who can sponsor my studies and to process my visa application through salary deduction. I am willing to deal this matter.


  7. It depends on your experience but is possible to apply under Tier 2 for a working visa.

  8. shara mae ortiz says :

    i just finished my nvq 2 and i have a work experience in care home setting for a year…am i eligible to apply for a work permit or visa as long as i have sponsor?any suggestions, please…

  9. eleanor revilla says :

    how can i secure a student visa pack application to be sent to the Philippines for my daughter, i will be her sponsor if ever it will be granted and my i know the legal requirements and sponsors qualification and documents to be prepare. thank you.

  10. Please refer to earlier answer. IELTS is not a requirement for NVQ courses. You can contact Majestic College direct at

  11. elizabeth says :

    do u will help me finding any sponsers..what are the other requirements i needed.did this rule changed recently because i came back to india on last june(2007)and that time i was not having any other opportunity to come back to uk

  12. do majestic college requires ielts for nvq3/4 course and please reply me if u will assist me in visa

  13. The educational provider decides what level of English is required for the course. Most NVQ colleges do not specify, but you must be reasonably competent to follow any course and work in the paid work placement.

  14. 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

  15. elizabeth says :

    how can i find a sponsoring employer under tier will help me finding any sponsers

  16. Yes you can, if you can find a sponsoring employer under Tier 2.

  17. elizabeth says :

    i had worked in uk for 3 years as a senior caree,my work permit got finish and i came back to india,can i will be able to come back to uk or can i will get work permit

  18. It may be possible depending on your experience and qualifications. You should seek professional advice from an OISC registered Immigration Adviser.
    see recent article on switching

    See recent article on switching
    Charles Kelly

  19. roseline okeyo says :

    I am a student at a college in london and i have finished my diploma course in marketing, my visa runs out in end of july and i intend to renew it to continue my studies, on the other hand i have also achieved nvq2 and nvq3 qualifications with 3yrs experience in the care sector. Is it possible for me to switch to tier 2 and get a work permit for care workers even in i came here to study a different thing other than health and social care. i really need your help so as to let me know before i renew my visa. many thanks

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