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UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Launches Internal Review of Tier 2 of the Points-Based System

he Home Office is undertaking an internal review to consider how to improve the application and enforcement of immigration policies and processes in relation to skilled and highly skilled migrants. The review will include an assessment of the administration and enforcement processes that businesses encounter when employing a Tier 2 worker, including becoming a licensed sponsor and the processes migrants are subject to both overseas and in the United Kingdom (UK) when obtaining permission to work. The review will consider this from the point of view of UK businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises' experience of these processes. It will look at what can be done to:

  • improve the processes from a customer perspective;
  • examine any scope for easing compliance rules;
  • examine how to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.

The Immigration Rules underpinning the Points-Based System and the principles of sponsor obligations are outside the scope of the review.

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