Post Brexit Immigration Changes Recommended

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently issued two reports looking at the UK migration system. One looks at how the UK might deal with EU nationals after Brexit and the other looks at the visa rules for international students.



In the wide ranging report on EEA migration post-Brexit, the MAC recommendations include:

  • Treating EEA nationals in the same way as non-EEA national
  • Reducing the skill level required for Tier 2 sponsorship to expand the number of roles amenable to sponsorship
  • Maintaining salary thresholds on Tier 2 sponsorship
  • Allowing more exemptions to the Resident Labour Market Test
  • Abolish the monthly cap within the Tier 2 system

In relation to international students, the report recognises the benefits that international students bring to the wider economy and recommends:

  • International student numbers remain within the existing net migration statistics
  • Changes to make it easier for employers to recruit international graduates from UK universities
  • Extending the time post doctoral students can stay in the UK to work after their studies
  • Extending the time masters students have after their studies to find work in the UK

Both reports only made recommendations and the immigration rules are not changed as a result of these reports. The full reports can be found here MAC report: EEA migration and here MAC report: International students