March 25, 2021

U.K. Issues Call for Evidence on Intra-Company Transfers

The U.K.’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has announced an open public consultation period, inviting employers and other interested and knowledgeable stakeholders to provide evidence and views on the use of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) immigration route, including salary thresholds and skill levels.

They are also seeking input on proposals to allow overseas businesses to send teams of workers to establish branches in the U.K., or to engage in work related to high-value contracts for goods or services on secondment.

The consultation period will close on June 15, 2021.

The ICT route is designed to enable employers in the U.K. to easily move existing senior-level employees and specialists who have been employed by the company for at least 12 months from overseas offices to roles within the United Kingdom. It has different salary thresholds and requirements than the Skilled Worker route – current ICT rates are the higher of at least £41,500 a year, or the market rate for the role.

Specifically, the MAC is seeking input to be able to advise on:

    • 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
    • the conditions of the route, particularly those that differ from the main Tier 2 (General)/Skilled Worker route

The MAC have developed a questionnaire to focus on the key areas of interest and gather responses consistently, and also welcome additional documents and supporting evidence as attachments. They are due to report back to the government with findings and recommendations in October 2021.

For more information on submitting feedback in response to the call for evidence, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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