Says companies exploiting a ‘gaping’ loophole in Britain’s immigration system A lobbying group, which pushes for greater curbs on Britain’s immigration regime, has accused multinational IT companies, “typically based in India”, of exploiting a “gaping” loophole in Britain’s immigration system, and has called for the system to be overhauled.
Tier 2 visa category
Though part of the Tier 2 visa category, intra-company transfers (ICTs) are not subject to a cap, and have over time represented an increasing share of the Tier 2 work visas, the lobby group said. About 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work permits issued in 2017 were via the ICT route, the group said. It accused the companies of undercutting British competitors and “reducing” opportunities for British IT professionals to work and develop skills.
Last week, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published a report calling for the government to scrap immigration targets. “Intra-company transfers hugely benefit the U.K. boosting investment by international companies and creating jobs in the U.K.,” said Matthew Percival, the CBI’s head of employment. Trade body TechUK rejected the suggestion that international talent was cutting U.K. domestic skills. “Last year, there were more unfilled vacancies in IT than any other sector,” said Antony Walker, deputy CEO of TechUK.