`Consider law and accountancy equivalent to a master’s degree’

`Successful applicants should be allowed to come to the UK for two years’

6th December 2009: Professional qualifications, law and accountancy included, should be considered equivalent to a master’s degree, Migration Advisory Committee has recommended.

The MAC has also suggested migrants with previous annual earnings of at least £150,000 should not be required to meet the educational qualification requirements.

The independent MAC has completed its review of Tier 1 of the government’s points-based system.

The government, earlier this year, had asked the MAC to consider whether the criteria for Tier 1 should be changed in 2010/11 to reflect changing economic circumstances. The MAC’s report says that Tier 1 is generally operating well, but also recommends some changes.

On the Tier 1 (general) route for highly skilled workers, the MAC’s recommendations include: the salary multipliers, which are used to convert previous earnings outside the UK into a UK equivalent, should be rapidly and thoroughly reviewed.

The other recommendations are: migrants with a bachelor’s degree but no master’s degree should be allowed to come to the UK under Tier 1 (general), if their previous earnings are high enough; the pay thresholds should be substantially increased, with no points for previous annual earnings below £24,000; and applicants should receive points for their age if they are 39 or under.

It has also suggested successful applicants should initially be allowed to come to the UK for two years, rather than three as at present, with a three-year extension later if they are in highly skilled employment.

Education providers licensed as `Tier 4 sponsors’ to continue enrolling foreign students

MAC recommends continuation of Tier 1 route for migrants