A lot of experts have expressed their concerns over the exemption of Ph.D. level roles from the cap placed on UK’s Tier 2 visa with warnings that this step might cause a decline in talent and skill availability as the reality of Brexit looms.
The Spring Statement which came earlier this week unveiled a package of reforms which stated that persons who are not citizens of EEA member states and are applying for roles that require a Ph.D. will not be subjected to the visa cap effective from Autumn this year.
The package of reforms will address the impending skill scarcity
This move is part of an effort by the British government to solve the impending skill scarcity effect that will come with Brexit. This new rule will come into effect regardless of Brexit happening with a deal or not. It will be effective until a more comprehensive visa policy is introduced to cover all immigration issues in the country.
The new proposals drew mixed responses from business leaders. The director of policy at Institute of Directors, Edwin Morgan, said the development was a commitment to making it possible for research and development activity to flourish and thrive at this time when the country is experimenting a wide skill gap. He added that this Spring Statement may not make an impression with the more significant number of business leaders what with the coming of Brexit causing uncertainty.
Jonathan Beech, who is the managing director of Migrate UK, a firm that deals on immigration law, said that in reality, these changes will make things easier for employers who are looking to hire foreign talent. By this, the UK shows its commitment to remain a center for brilliant research talent.
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