Immigration: Research

Home Office written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the immigration rules in relation to the medical research sector; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Government values the contribution which migrants makes to the medical research sector.

There are generous provisions for PhD-level occupations, which include medical researchers. These occupations have higher priority when allocating monthly places within the Tier 2 cap. We have also exempted these occupations from the £35,000 earnings threshold for settlement applications and exempted them from the Immigration Skills Charge.

The Government is committed to developing a future borders and immigration system that will cater for all sectors of the UK, including for those who make a very valuable contribution to our research sector.

Proposals in the White Paper published in December provide a platform for further discussion. The Home Office has launched engagement over 2019 with a wide range of stakeholders across the UK.

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