May 20, 2009

The UK government is asking the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to offer advice on the economic impact of transitioning employees and their dependants via the current ICT provision. In order to do this, they have published a paper on their approach and are asking all stakeholders to be involved in the final outcome.

The questions the MAC has been asked include whether it is feasible to restrict tier 2 to shortage occupations – in other words, eliminate the existing ICT route. The government also wants to know what contribution the dependants have made who utilize the PBS (Points-Based System) as well as what role they play in the labor market. Additionally, the MAC is to suggest upcoming changes to tier 1 (with effect in 2010 and 2011) based on the continual economic changes of today.

State Your Opinion

In order to lobby the MAC and ensure your interests are represented, you may write a letter or send an email by June 11, 2009 to the Migration Advisory Committee, 6th Floor, Advance House, 15 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 2AG, mac@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk; or, you can sign the E-Petition set up on the official site of the Prime Minister no later than August 9, 2009: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/savetheICT/