CaSE has today published a letter sent to the Prime Minister, calling on the government to take urgent action in revising current immigration policy to better attract international research and innovation talent. The letter is supported by over 40 organisations from across business, universities, professional institutes, and research charities.
Training and attracting talented people is critical to the success of the Industrial Strategy and to the UK’s productivity. Alongside nationwide efforts to develop the UK's domestic skills base, it will always be desirable to attract talent from abroad. However this is currently being hampered by the cap on Tier 2 (General) visas - the main route for international skilled workers to enter the UK workplace. Due to the cap being reached in each of the last three months, hundreds of business-critical roles across the economy are going unfilled, and repeated visa rejections are damaging the UK's international appeal.
CaSE's letter today calls on the government to take positive action in recognition that circumstances have significantly changed since the Tier 2 visa cap was introduced, and to exempt roles on the Government's Shortage Occupation List and PhD level roles from the cap. Such a move would be widely welcomed; relieving pressure on the cap, renewing business-confidence, and enhancing prospects for boosting the UK's economic prosperity.
Commenting, CaSE Executive Director Dr Sarah Main said:
"Surely it is shooting ourselves in the foot to deny visas to engineering, tech and medical specialists recruited to the UK to fill a specific need. Yet this is now happening, alongside many other business-critical roles, leaving employers frustrated and the public poorly served.
To relieve pressure on the system, roles on the Government's Shortage Occupation List and PhD level roles should be made exempt from the Tier 2 visa cap. This would allow recognised skills shortages to be filled and would create the headroom to allow the visa cap to operate effectively for other business roles."
This letter is supported by the following 46 organisations:
|Arthritis Research UK||Loughborough University|
|Association of Medical Research Charities||Microbiology Society|
|BASF||Royal Astronomical Society|
|Biochemical Society||Royal Society of Biology|
|BioIndustry Association||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|British Chambers of Commerce||Royal Society of Edinburgh|
|British Heart Foundation||Society for Applied Microbiology|
|British Psychological Society||The Association for United Kingdom Interactive|
|British Society for Immunology||Entertainment|
|Cancer Research UK||The Entrepreneurs Network|
|Canterbury Christ Church University||The Geological Society|
|Council of Professors and Heads of Computing||The Institution of Mathematics and its|
|Food and Drink Federation||The Learned Society of Wales|
|Institute of Acoustics||The Manufacturing Technologies Association|
|Institute of Directors||The Physiological Society|
|Institute of Physics||UK Deans of Science|
|Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine||Ulster University|
|Institution of Environmental Sciences||University College London|
|Institution of Mechanical Engineers||University of Aberdeen|
|John Innes Centre||University of Kent|
|London First||Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute|
|London Metropolitan University||Zoological Society of London|