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UK’s migration advisers recommend lower salary threshold for skilled workers

The reduced salary threshold for recent graduates, who must currently earn £20,800, should be kept and be applicable for five years instead of the current three | Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

UK’s migration advisers recommend lower salary threshold for skilled workers

Migration Advisory Committee chair says advice should decrease immigration, but also lower rate of growth in population, employment and GDP.

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1/28/20, 11:44 AM CET

Updated 1/28/20, 2:22 PM CET

LONDON — The British government should introduce a mixed immigration system after Brexit, with salary thresholds for those arriving with jobs and a points-based system for those without, according to a long-awaited report.

The Migration Advisory Committee, an independent body that reports to the Home Office, said Tuesday that the government should retain the existing visa scheme but recommended a few tweaks, including reducing its current salary threshold for skilled migrants under the so-called Tier 2 visa scheme (the main route for skilled workers looking for employment in the U.K.) from about £30,000 to £25,600.

It also suggested lowering the skills thresholds, abolishing the cap on the number of visas granted annually, and simplifying the application process.

The Tier 2 visa is the main UK visa route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment

Last June, Home Secretary Priti Patel commissioned the MAC to look into how to adapt the Australian points-based immigration system to post-Brexit Britain and also investigate whether to keep a salary threshold for some visa applicants. The government is free to ignore recommendations by the committee but in the past has followed their suggestions.

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