Accessing Skilled Workers: The Future of Professional Visas | IPT
Chair: Adam Afriyie MP, Vice-chair, Immigration Law and Policy All-Party Group
Speaker: Christopher Hayward, Deputy Chairman of Policy, City of London Corporation
Speaker: Jess Houlgrave, Chief of Staff,
Virtual Event


Wednesday 28 April 2021


This is an online event

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The net migration of EU workers has been declining since the EU referendum, falling by almost three-quarters, from 207,000 in 2015-16 to 58,000 in 2019-20 according to the Resolution Foundation. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic drove this number down further. With the freedom of movement for EU citizens ending with the transition period, we saw the introduction of the new points-based immigration system. Points are awarded based on salary, qualifications, English language skills and sector staff shortages. At the Budget, the Chancellor announced a new visa regime in order to attract more scientists, researchers and tech workers. As the UK labour markets adjusts to the new migration regime, how responsive is the system in addressing skills shortages and attracting skills-based migration to UK?

This event will:

  • Consider the financial and social barriers which deter skilled migrants from coming to the UK and evaluate initiatives to encourage skills-based migration to UK
  • Review the new visa structure and immigration procedures and its responsivity to workforce shortages
  • Discuss the potential for regional control of immigration policy and powers