Migration Advisory Committee review of Intra-Company Transfer Route

The UK Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to undertake a review of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) immigration route and is now calling for views and evidence by 15 June 2021. The ICT route was not subject to review when the points-based system was updated at the end of 2020.

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20/04/2021

Intra-Company Transfer Route

The MAC are undertaking a study of the ICT route to consider the operation and effectiveness of this immigration route. This route allows employers within the UK to transfer certain existing employees and specialists who have worked usually for the company overseas for a minimum of 12 months from their overseas location to the UK.

Further details are available here.

Call for Evidence

The MAC have made a call for evidence seeking views and evidence from those with the relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to help guide the MAC's response.

The key areas that the MAC are looking for views on are:

  • "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; and
  • the conditions of the route, in particular those where it differs from the main Tier 2 (General)/Skilled Worker route."

The government are also seeking to enable overseas business to transfer workers to establish businesses to send teams of workers to establish branch or subsidiary or to undertake a secondment in relation to a high-value contract for goods or services. The MAC have also asked for views on

  • "criteria on the eligibility of workers (for example, skill and salary threshold); and
  • criteria on sending organisations (for example, size of company, value of investment or contract, potential job creation)."

The website is available here and is open for responses through the call for evidence questionnaire which is available here.

The deadline for responses is 15 June 2021.