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Tier 2 Settlement- MAC recommendations.

07 November 2011

The MAC was commissioned by the government in June 2011 to identify the most suitable economic criteria for determining which Tier 2 migrant workers could settle permanently in the UK. The MAC has now made the following recommendations:

  • a simple pay threshold to be used to decide eligibility for automatic settlement among Tier 2 (general) migrants;
  • migrants entering through the Tier 1 (exceptional talent) route to proceed to settlement after 5 years subject to continuing to meet the criteria for that route;
  • a pay threshold between £31,000 and £49,000 for Tier 2 (general), set at the time of entry and adjusted for inflation or changes to average pay, would be economically defensible;
  • sportspeople should also be subject to the same pay criteria as other migrants under Tier 2 (general);
  • andgovernment and businesses should work together to upskill the UK labour market to mitigate the impact of restricting settlement rights.

The MAC has also advised that relaxing the current employment restrictions on workers from Bulgaria and Romania would cause further disruption to the UK labour market.

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