Do you employ overseas staff? The UK Migration Advisory Council is seeking your views on new work visa rules for NI

The UK Migration Advisory Council is seeking employers' views on the new 'Shortage Occupation List' of skills shortage areas which will be used to help determine which overseas citizens are granted visas to work in Northern Ireland.

The new overseas work visa rules may be of particular interest to any organisations who regularly recruit people from mainland EU countries, since the new rules will also apply to them when the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December (presuming this is not extended).  The most recent 2018 NICVA State of the Sector Workforce Survey suggests this may be of interest to a significant number of organisations as it found that 14% of sector organisations either employed or involved mainland EU citizens as volunteers/interns.

The Migration Advisory Council's (MAC) call for evidence (see here) runs until the 24th June 2020.  The MAC is particularly interested in views on the occupations that have been included on the NI 'Shortage Occupation List,’ which will be given additional consideration in work visa applications.


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