IT industry trade body Nasscom on Friday expressed disappointment over UK government’s decision to implement proposed changes to the UK visa system that will affect skilled migration. The new visa rules announced by the UK Home Office will now require anyone applying after November 24 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of 30,000 pounds from the earlier 20,800 pounds.
The ICT route is largely used by Indian IT companies in Britain and the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) had found earlier that Indian IT workers accounted for nearly 90% of visas issued under this route.
Nasscom said it does recognise that these are changes the UK government has been committed to for some months, and their implementation is not a huge surprise.
“However, it is important to note that our fast growing and high value tech sectors rely upon an effective immigration policy that attracts high-skilled workers and minimises barriers to the flow of talented people between our two countries,” it said.
The UK market is the second largest market for the Indian IT industry after the US. According to Nasscom, Indian IT companies play a key role in driving the UK’s growth and prosperity by significantly enhancing productivity and global competitiveness of British businesses, contributing to overall growth and job creation of the UK economy.