Britain’s Home Secretary Preeti Patel has ordered most Indian companies to review intra-company transfer (ICT) visas issued to the UK for a period beyond a new points-based immigration regime, effective from January. Let’s transfer employees to offices.
Official figures show that ICT visas are issued mostly to Indians, reflecting the growing number of Indian software companies setting up base or servicing clients from UK bases.
At the end of June 2020, 48% of Tier 2 visas were granted to Indian professionals.
The ICT visa is part of the Tier 2 visa route. Overall, there was a 20% drop in Tier 2 visas, and officials said almost all of the decline was attributed to a decrease in the grant of ICT visas, which declined by 38% (21,227) to 33,971 at the end of June. . 2020.
He said the decline is a result of the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Reviewing the review, Patel asked the Migration Advisory Committee to advise the Home Office on the salary range for entry into the ICT route; What elements, if any, should be calculated towards meeting the salary requirement beyond the base salary; Should various arrangements apply to too much payment; Which skills threshold for the route should be the status of the route, especially those where it differs from the main Tier 2 route.
She wrote to MAC Chair Brian Bell: “It is our aim that the ICT route should sit alongside the new skilled worker route in the new points-based immigration system that we are introducing in January and the conditions of the ICT route should be in place initially. , Same as now. “
The ICT route currently has a different (and higher) pay range than the main Tier 2 route and different requirements, and the absence of any kind of English language related. It also includes a sub-category for graduate trainees.
Indian stakeholders are urging UK authorities to exclude ICT visa holders from essentially paying national insurance contributions, as they do not stay in the UK long enough to be eligible for state pensions. NI contribution is paid along with income tax.
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