The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published the first review of the Tier 1 – Highly Skilled Migration Routes. They have recommended that all four routes of Tier 1 (General, Post-Study Work, Entrepreneur and Investor) should be retained.
In particular they have recommended that
People with an undergraduate degree as their highest qualification should be allowed in under Tier 1 General route, subject to high previous earnings;
The points available under the Tier 1 General route are updated to ensure that only the most highly skilled immigrants are admitted through this route; and
The initial leave to remain entitlement under the Tier 1 General route is reduced from three to two years, with a three year extension subject to evidence that the individual is in highly skilled employment.
The Chair of the MAC, Professor David Metcalf has said that “The recommendations that we have made will ensure that the system is robust enough to deal with the changing global economy and that the UK remains attractive for foreign investment.”