Home Secretary announces immigration cap for doctors from outside the EEA will not be reintroduced

In June, doctors and nurses were exempted from the visa limit of 20,700 annual restricted certificates of sponsorship for Tier 2 (General) visas applied to employees from outside the EU. 

The continued exemption was immediately welcomed by the medical profession. In other sectors, it has been noted that one of the effects of the cap has been a reduction in the salary requirements for Tier 2 applications, across the board.

People Management asked Jonathan Beech for his comments on this announcement:

 “When the NHS workers were removed from the cap, there was an immediate reduction in the minimum salary required to meet the required number of points to qualify. 

“Prior to NHS workers being removed, the salary required to qualify for a vacancy under the cap in June was around £60,000. This dropped to around £41,000 in July and then £30,000 in August and September,” he added.

“The continued exemption is extremely welcome and we are hopeful that the government decide to accept the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommendation that the annual cap is removed altogether – for all sponsored workers.”

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Karen Kaur speaks to People Management – Tier 2 easing proves ‘massive relief’ for employers three months on.


Karendeep Kaur, immigration analyst at immigration law firm Migrate UK, agreed the relaxing of the cap for the medical profession had eased pressures across other sectors, but added a further relaxation may be necessary to prevent points qualifications and salary limits increasing again towards the financial year end.

“The quota of sponsorship certificates doesn’t stay uniform throughout [the financial year], so these salary levels could be driven up again,” she told People Management.


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HR Magazine speaks to Migrate UK – reactions to the MAC report on the impact of EEA migration on the UK

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released its report on the impact of EEA migration on the UK. The aim of the report is to make recommendations for a new work-based immigration system to be implemented in 2021.

Interviewed by HR Magazine, Jonathan Beech questions how the recommendations in the MAC report will work in practice.  There needs to be an end to the immigration cap for highly skilled workers as this affects forward planning by employers.

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Reactions to MAC report: Migrate’s MD interviewed by Personnel Today

A post-Brexit immigration system should make it easier for highly-skilled workers to move to the UK and should not favour EU migrants, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended.

Ashleigh Webber of Personnel Today asked Jonathan Beech for his comments.  Migrate’s MD noted that the recommendations proposed options for some migrant workers not seen since 2012.

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MAC report: New immigration system should not favour EEA migrants

Jonathan Beech quoted in People Management – the sponsorship of low-skilled workers


Whilst the Government has reiterated that it was still the intention to help EU citizens stay in the UK, there are no further details on how the settled status will work.  People Management asked Jonathan Beech for his thoughts, especially in regards to skills shortages and the sponsorship of low-skilled workers.

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Will lifting the Tier 2 visa restrictions for NHS workers ease the strain for other sectors?

Simon Creasley from HR Magazine talks to Migrate UK’s immigration analyst Karen Kaur on the easing of the Tier 2 visa cap for NHS staff and how it will take time before we see a knock on effect of this reform to other sectors being able to get more Tier 2 visas approved.

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Results from Migrate UK’s survey captures interest from media!

Migrate UK commissioned a survey of 1,000 human resources directors and there have been some surprising results.

Independent newspaper began the coverage with this article:



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