Notwithstanding the White Paper published under Theresa May’s government, Boris Johnson has said he wishes to look again at ideas for a post January 2021 immigration system.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) “to review how an Australian-style points-based (PBS) immigration system could be introduced in Britain to strengthen the UK labour market.” The MAC has been asked to report by January 2020. This is in addition to the MAC’s existing commission to review salary thresholds. It is a very tight timetable and the MAC has already launched a call for evidence.

The MAC will consider “how points could be awarded to prospective migrants for different attributes, such as educational qualifications, language proficiency, work experience and willingness to work in areas or sectors with a shortage of workers. The salary thresholds will also be considered in the context of this immigration system.”

The deadline to submit evidence is 5 November 2019. We would encourage all employers to reply where possible, either as individual organisations or through sector bodies. If you wish to discuss the type of evidence that would be helpful or how to go about replying, please contact Clare Hedges, Senior Associate, Head of Immigration.

This article is from the September 2019 issue of Employment and Immigration Law Update, our monthly newsletter for HR professionals.