Chartered ABS joins industry in call for fair and sustainable immigration system

The Chartered ABS have joined a number of leading industry bodies in calling on the Government to ensure that the UK’s new immigration system will be fair and meet the needs and priorities of the UK economy.

The Chartered ABS were among a number of signatories in a letter sent on 24 January 2020 to the Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, which restated the vital importance of immigration to UK business of all sizes and across all sectors, including universities. The letter welcomes recent indications from the Government that it is considering making its new proposed immigration system more accessible for crucial international talent, but in addition we and the other signatories have called for the following specific commitments to ensure the system is fit for purpose:

  • An accessible skill and salary threshold for economic migrants
  • The ability for workers to enter the UK through a points-based system
  • Extending temporary works visas to two years and to all sectors
  • A greatly simplified sponsorship system

Other signatories include bodies such as the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses, alongside associations representing a range of specific sectors of industry.

We hope the Government will recognise that an immigration system that supports British businesses, including universities and business schools, is of great benefit to the UK economy and society as a whole, and that such a system is realisable within the Government’s own stated vision for the British economy after Brexit.

You can read the full letter here