The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is asking for evidence from interested parties on the economic impact that removing or restricting the right of Tier 1 and Tier 2 migrants to settle in the UK would have.

Currently, those entering the UK under Tier 1 and Tier 2 (except for recent intra-company transferees) have the chance to apply for settlement, or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK once they have been here for five years continuously. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is considering scrapping that right and has asked the MAC to advise on the impact that move would have on the UK economy.

The MAC is also looking in the alternative at the impact of removing the right to settlement for those under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route, who carry out a role on the shortage occupation list or Tier 2 (General) migrants whose roles were advertised under the resident labour market test requirements.

Those interested in responding should contact their Kingsley Napley LLP advisor for details.

Responses must be submitted by 31 August 2011.