The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has issued a call for evidence concerning the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa route.
The ICT route allows organisations in the UK to transfer existing staff from overseas offices to work in the UK.
In September 2020, the government commissioned the MAC to carry out a study of the ICT route so that it may advise on the route’s operation and effectiveness.
Request for further information
The government has requested that the MAC focus on the following:
- the salary threshold for entry to the ICT route;
- what elements, if any beyond base salary, should count towards meeting the salary requirement;
- whether, as now, different arrangements should apply to the very highly paid;
- what the skills threshold for the route should be;
- the conditions of the route, in particular those where it differs from the main Tier 2 (General)/Skilled Worker route.
Potential new routes
In addition to reviewing the ICT route, the government is looking into expanding the options for overseas businesses to send teams to the UK to set up branches/subsidiaries. Currently, it is only possible for one individual to come to the UK to carry out such work, under the Representative of an Overseas Business route.
The MAC is therefore currently seeking evidence regarding these points from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience.
Questionnaires have been created for employers and representatives to complete so that information can be collated in a consistent manner. It is however, also recommended that responses should be supported by data, examples and documentary evidence (which can be uploaded online).
The deadline for submitting responses is 15 June 2021.
Further information, including how to respond can be found here. We would encourage employers to provide any relevant experience they have.