08 February 2011

New recommendations to shorten Tier 2 UK Visa occupation list

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended a new shorter list of occupations eligible for migration under Tier 2 of the points-based system.

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The occupations that can be considered for a Tier 2 UK Visa have been reduced.

As part of its review of the UK Visa and immigration system, the British government raised the threshold for Tier 2 visas to graduate level and commissioned the MAC to examine which occupations should qualify, using the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 4 and above as the relevant benchmark.

Using this benchmark means the number of occupations qualifying for Tier 2 UK visas will fall by 71, down from 192 to 121.

Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, Professor David Metcalf, said: “Skilled foreign workers make a valuable contribution to the British economy but, in the context of limits on migration, it is essential that the immigration system is designed to select those migrants we need the most.

“We have recognised this by ensuring our recommendations will allow the most skilled to continue to come and work here.”

Among the occupations which would still qualify for entry under Tier 2 of the points-based system are nurses, teaching professionals, civil engineers and finance and investment analysts.

Occupations which were qualified as skilled to the old level but are not to the new one include retail managers, hairdressing and beauty salon managers, laboratory technicians, and estate agents.

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