Visa rules eased for building and fishing industry
By David Wood | 18th July 2023
Visa rules are being eased for overseas builders, carpenters and people working in the fishing industry, the Home Office has confirmed.
Roofers and plasterers have also been added to the shortage occupation list, which temporarily eases visa restrictions in areas where employers are struggling to fill vacancies, the BBC reported.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) advised adding builders to the list.
No 10 denied the move contradicted government attempts to cut immigration.
Advisors on MAC recommended five jobs for inclusion on the list:
- Bricklayers and masons
- Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
- Carpenters and joiners
- Variety of other workers in the construction and building trades
The Home Office also added jobs in the fishing trade to the list, alongside connected "elementary agriculture occupations".
People on the shortage occupation list can apply for a skilled worker visa to work in the UK.
Those working in a shortage occupation pay lower visa fees and can be paid 80% of the job's usual rate and still qualify for a visa.
Applicants will still need a sponsored job offer from an employer and to meet English language requirements.
The shortage list is reviewed every six months, with another review expected by the autumn.
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