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Intra-company transfer route to be closed for permanent settlement in the UK

Workers to display apt level of earnings, qualifications

9th December 2009: Intra company transfer category will be closed as a route to permanent settlement in the UK. But if you are a worker still seeking intra-company transfer, you will be required to display appropriate level of earnings and qualifications.

Claiming intra-company transfers were important in making the UK an attractive place, the Home Office has asserted the number of workers coming in via this route was also strictly controlled by the points-based system – meaning only those the UK needs can come here.

The Border Agency added: From the beginning of next year, workers in this category will need to have 12 months’ experience, instead of six months as at present, with their employer before they can be transferred to the UK, and the category will be closed as a route to permanent settlement in the UK.

The government was responding to claims that the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) category of the points-based system was providing a loophole for Indian IT companies to bring foreign workers into the UK.

Under an intra-company transfer, an employer can fill vacancies in its UK operations by bringing across some of its existing foreign-based staff. It was claimed that this enabled jobs in the IT and other sectors to be taken by migrants paid less than resident workers, but this is not true – workers coming to the UK in the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) category must be paid the going rate.

Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas added: ‘Intra-company transfers are an important part of making the UK an attractive place in which to do business, and therefore keep industry and the economy moving.

‘Workers that come in via this route must display the appropriate level of earnings and qualifications, and the numbers are strictly controlled by the points-based system – meaning only those the UK needs can come here.’

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