Telford’s MP has welcomed the news announced over the weekend by the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP that he will review Tier 2 visas.
Tier 2 visas are the main immigration route for non-EEA workers who want to come to the UK. They are currently capped at 20,700 places per year.
This announcement follows criticism that highly-skilled workers are being kept out of the UK, including doctors and engineers. There is currently a skills gap in the UK for both professions.
Lucy Allan has been pressing the Government on this issue since the start of this year and has previously asked the Government to review the quota.
Following the announcement by the Home Secretary, the MP said:
“This is good news for Telford and I am encouraged by the Home Secretary’s comments to review Tier 2 visas.
“In Telford, residents are struggling daily to get doctors’ appointments due to shortages and long waiting times. Our hospital is short of consultants. The system needs to be more flexible so that highly-skilled professionals are able to come and work in professions where we desperately need workers.
“I will be supporting the Home Secretary on these proposals as they make progress.”