On 23 March 2021 The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched a call for evidence seeking stakeholders views on the operation and effectiveness of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) immigration route.
The MAC was commissioned by the Home Office to undertake a study of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) immigration route on 28 September 2020.
The ICT route exists alongside the Skilled Worker route for skilled workers in the current points-based immigration system. It allows employers to move existing employees from overseas offices to roles in the UK if they:
- have been employed by the sending organisation for at least 12 months prior to date of transfer (3 months for Graduate Trainees)
- are highly skilled at RQF level 6 or above, and
- meet the minimum salary requirement of £41,500/year for ICT and £23,000/year for an ICT Graduate Trainee.
Currently, the 12 months employment with the sending business prior to the date of transfer is not required for Graduate Trainees or high earners with a salary of £73,900 year or more.
It has been several years since the operation and effectiveness of this route have been considered.
The MAC has been asked to advise on:
- the salary threshold for entry to the ICT route
- what elements if any, beyond base salary should count towards meeting the salary requirement
- whether, as now, different arrangements should apply to the very highly paid
- what the skills threshold for the route should be
- the conditions of the route, in particular those where it differs from the main Tier 2 (General)/Skilled Worker route, which may mean qualifying for settlement
- the criteria on the eligibility of workers (for example skill and salary threshold)
- criteria on sending organisations (for example, size of company, value of investment or contract, potential job creation).
The review closes at 11:45pm on 15 June 2021. The MAC expects evidence-based responses data and examples from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience that will help inform them.
Recommendations can be made by:
- a representative organisation on behalf of other organisations/members
- in an individual capacity as an immigration lawyer or similar advisor to other businesses, as another type of organisation (such as think tanks, government departments)
- as a recruitment business
- in an individual in a personal capacity
- other representative, member or similar organisations.
The Migration Advisory Committee is due to complete its analysis and report back to the government by the end of October 2021.
If you are an organisation that currently sponsors migrants on the ICT route, please get in touch with Migrate UK on 01235841568 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request our questionnaire, so you can share your ideas on what changes you would like to see in the terms of this route.
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