The Chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Pharmaceutical & Scientific group, Lawrence Levy, said that “Britain clearly benefits from allowing world-class scientists to work here, and as such this announcement is welcome news. Scientists of this calibre are being sought by every industrialised country, and the need to keep Britain globally competitive in attracting the best talent is paramount. It is also good news that the government plans to monitor the limit of one thousand visas. There is no way to know exactly how much demand this scheme will generate, particularly as scientists will be competing with artists for these places. It would be folly to deny a leading heart disease specialist, for example, the right to work in Britain because he applied for visa number 1,001. REC Pharmaceutical & Scientific members help clients across the country find the best scientific talent, and are keen to assist the government both in monitoring the level of take-up of this new route and in assessing the suitability of whichever ‘competent body’ they choose to run the scheme.”
A revamped Tier 1 will also include changes to the ‘Investor’ and ‘Entrepreneur’ sub categories. Two days ago Damian Green, the Conservative Immigration Minister, announced a package of measures to attract the super rich to the United Kingdom. Under the new rules Investors willing to keep at least £5 million in a UK bank account will qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years, those that deposit more than £10 million will qualify for ILR after 2 years and the length of time Investors can stay outside of the UK will be increased from 90 days to 180 days per year. This new settlement policy for the super rich appears to contrast sharply with plans for standard migrants (e.g. Tier 2 General migrants) as it believed that the Government intends to make it far more difficult for Tier 2 migrants to secure ILR (settlement) in the future.
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