Letter to government regarding recommended changes to the Tier 2 visa route from the Presidents of the four UK national Academies

19 February 2016

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published a review of Tier 2 on 19 January, which recommends a number of changes to the Tier 2 visa route. As the government considers whether and how to implement the recommendations of the MAC review, the four Presidents of the national Academies have written to Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, and James Brokenshire, Minister for Immigration, to ask that the research sector be given special consideration if the government implements two of the MAC's recommendations in particular. These recommendations relate to the minimum salary thresholds for the route and the proposed introduction of an Immigration Skills Charge.

The national Academies submitted a joint response to the consultation for the MAC's review.