What is going to happen to Business immigration after Brexit?
Report on post-Brexit migration systems was proposed by Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in September. This was long waited as the immigration topic was one of the hot ones during the 2016 referendum, and Government only commissioned it by July 2017. This report clarifies the impact of Brexit on the free movement.
What is the report about?
The report clearly states that the immigration matters is and will be a central portion of the agreement process with the EU, hence the report by MAC will merely be used as recommendations. The UK government will utilise this in future trade agreement negotiation process with EU.
In details, the report suggests that EU nationals after Brexit are to be treated in the similar way as the Non-EU nationals at the moment. This will require some adjustments to the system. Some examples of changes are the removal of limitations to highly skilled workers and the requirement of advertising a job vacancy which is being advertised.
On the other hand, there are few other points in the report which also suggests easing of the immigration situation. These are to reduce the skill levels of proposed role to qualify for a visa permit (from RQF level 6 to level 3). Increasing the annual minimum salary to £30,000. Report also suggests that bureaucracy of the current framework needs to be changes to allow people change their roles easily, and some other changes to the system.
As mentioned above, these changes to the immigration system will be used in the future trade agreement negotiations.
What action businesses need to take?
As of now, businesses are to examine their workforce and the structure of it, understand and how it could be effected in the case of different Brexit outcomes in the sense of immigration matters. Based on those hypothetical outcomes, businesses are to build strategic plans to mitigate various unfavourable outcomes.
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