Immigration

Science and engineering are international, collaborative endeavours. As such, issues affecting immigration policy may have a direct affect on UK’s science and engineering workforce and output. CaSE is at the forefront of defending the knowledge and skills exchange vital for scientific progress, examining how changes to visa provisions, settlement rights and immigration caps, among other issues, may affect industry and academia.

Here you will find blogs, reports, briefings and consultations on Immigration. To see only CaSE reports, briefings and consultations, use the button above.

‘Best place in the world to do science’ – but not if you’re from abroad?

CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main said:

“I am dismayed that the Government seems intent on thwarting its commitment to make ‘Britain the best place in the world to do science’ with immigration proposals that threaten to put off the exceptional scientists and engineers who wish to come here.” Read More »

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CaSE calls for Government to support skilled migration

The Government recognises, and CaSE advocates, that higher education is one of the UK’s major export industries and that immigration is needed for building a strong science and engineering sector. These sectors both operate in a global environment competing for skilled and talented students and workers.  Read More »
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CaSE Opinion Forum on Immigration Policy

Over forty CaSE members and collaborators met with the Home Office in January 2014 at the offices of Fragomen, the world’s leading immigration law firm, to discuss on-the-ground experiences of UK immigration policy and its impact on the ability of these organisations to do their work. You can read a PDF copy of this summary here.

The meeting is one of a series of CaSE Opinion Forums over the coming year, to develop policy work and manifesto recommendations in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and subsequent Spending Review. Read More »

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Changes to ‘Exceptional Talent’ visas

On Tuesday a new accelerated visa endorsement process for researchers who have been awarded senior and intermediate-level fellowships was announced. Read More »

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CaSE responds to Lords report on international STEM students

‘Action needed to attract global STEM talent’

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today called on the Government to make substantial changes to UK migration policy to reverse the declining trend in international STEM students.  Read More »

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CaSE response to Lords Committee inquiry on international STEM students

The following is CaSE’s submission to the House of Lords call for evidence on International STEM students  (dated 19th February 2014).

The final report can be viewed here and CaSE’s response here. Read More »

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How to meet demand for engineering skills

Engineering drives UK economic growth and lies at the heart of our quality of life. From advances in prosthetics, to developing the next ‘big thing’ in electronics, engineers contribute £481 billion to the UK economy, working in every sector imaginable. Read More »

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CaSE Press Release – ‘Skilled migration is essential’

Press release in response to British Social Attitudes Survey press release in advance of BBC2 ‘The Truth About Immigration’ presented by Nick Robinson, broadcast tonight, 7th January.

The Government wants to ‘win the race to the top’, as the Chancellor reiterated in his New Year speech yesterday. Once again, he backed his ‘personal priority’ of science to renew our high-tech economy and generate a ‘job-rich recovery for all’. It is clear that the future of the UK’s international competitiveness is not low-cost labour, but is high-skilled, high-value jobs in innovative world-leading sectors. The British Social Attitudes Survey reflects this as graduates and high earners think immigration is good for the economy. Read More »

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CaSE cross-party debate summary

In October, CaSE brought together the science spokespeople from each of the main political parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. The event, kindly hosted by the Royal Society and chaired by Pallab Ghosh, gave us the opportunity to hear from each party on issues ranging from the use of scientific advice in Government through to research funding and matters around diversity in science and engineering. Read More »

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Watch the CaSE Cross-Party Debate

Last Wednesday saw CaSE bring together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More »

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Migration experts back CaSE on sunset clause

Last month CaSE warned the Government that its proposals to introduce a ‘sunset clause’ for the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) could damage the science and engineering sector – and last week the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the Home Office’s independent advisory group on immigration, agreed with our concerns. If the Government follows the new recommendation, it will be a victory for common sense.

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STEM community responds to new immigration proposals

Senior figures from the world of science and engineering last week called for further consultation on the Government’s immigration proposals to limit the number of skilled immigrants entering the country, warning that such changes could damage the UK’s science and engineering base.

CaSE has written to the Immigration Minister Mark Harper raising concerns over the proposed ‘sunset clause’ – the automatic removal of any occupation from the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Read More »

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Immigration evidence needed – can you help?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a new consultation on the Shortage Occupations List, which closes on 30th November 2012.

The MAC is the Government’s main independent advisory body on immigration policy. Part of their role is keeping the Shortage Occupations List (SOL) up to date. If your job appears on the SOL, then you’ll have an easier time getting into the country.

The Government have recently asked the MAC, amongst other things, whether jobs on the SOL should be removed from the list automatically after two years – the rationale being that the SOL is intended to be a short-term measure, not a way of addressing long-term skills shortages. Read More »

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CaSE Immigration roundtable meeting

Summary of Home Office (HO) introductory presentations

There is a Government mandate to reduce net migration down from approximately 240,000 to tens of thousands. The recent changes reflect the Government’s aim of reducing the numbers but also being more selective about the migrants the UK needs. These demonstrate that Britain is open for business. It was emphasised that the HO is keen to protect and encourage the UK as a science hub and that is why the changes encourage scientists to come to work and study in the UK. Read More »

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Changes to UK immigration rules

Introduction

New Immigration Rules took effect on 6 April that will change the way that research centres, universities and other employers recruit workers from outside of Europe.  More changes are due on 14 June 2012.

The extensive set of changes touched on every area of policy for Tier 2 migrants, the ‘skilled worker’ category.  There has been a lot of change, and staff in HR, the individual employees and their recruiting managers could be forgiven for losing track. Read More »

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Latest immigration changes protect science and engineering

The Home Office has just released its latest ‘Statement of Intent’ on immigration. There are two bits of good news for science and engineering.

The first is that the Government will be keeping the overall limit on work-related non-EU immigration static at 20,700 per year. There had been some concern that it would be reduced, given the relatively low levels of visas actually taken up last year.

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Campaigners welcome settlement exemption for scientists

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the UK’s leading independent advocacy group for the sector, welcomed today’s announced exemption of most scientists and engineers from the Government’s new restrictions on settlement rights for migrants. The group had expressed concerns that limiting the length of stay to a maximum of five years could deter some of the world’s brightest talent from considering the UK as a destination. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes immigration report and changes

Settlement

Today the Government has announced new provisions around settlement, making it harder for immigrants to stay in the country after having been here for five years. Immigrants now have to meet a salary threshold, or be forced to leave the country. When this was first suggested CaSE raised concerns with the Home Office, including via a well-publicised letter to The Times, that this would deter some of the world’s brightest talent from considering the UK as a destination.

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CaSE response to Liberal Democrat science policy review

The following is CaSE’s submission to the Liberal Democrat science policy review, dated 20th February 2012. You can access a PDF version of the submission here.

 

Dear Julian,

Thank you for your letter of 31st January 2012 inviting CaSE to contribute to your update of Liberal Democrat science policy. I have enclosed some of our reflections on the current state of UK science policy in the three keys areas you identified – money, people, and science in policy as well as recommendations which we hope your party will be able to implement in Government and for your next manifesto. I hope they are of use to you.

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Top scientists call for rethink on immigration controls

Senior figures from the world of science and engineering have today called for an urgent rethink on the Government’s proposals to drastically limit potential settlement rights for immigrants, warning that the changes could damage the UK’s science and engineering base.

The individuals, who include two former Presidents of the Royal Society and the current Director of the Wellcome Trust, have argued that special consideration needs to be given to the long-term nature of science and engineering research.

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