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Next steps for the UK immigration system - new visa routes, economic impact, and addressing key issues for sectors, businesses and individuals

Morning, Thursday, 9th June 2022

This conference examines the future of the UK immigration system.

It will be an opportunity to assess recent changes to immigration rules - including new Global Business Mobility, High Potential Individual and Scale-up visa routes - and how the new routes can be used most effectively, as well as the options for further routes.

We also expect discussion on issues for implementation - particularly in light of added pressure on resources as a result of developments relating to asylum, such as the conflict in Ukraine and the Government’s new Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on options for reform to enable the system to more effectively contribute to economic growth and recovery - particularly in the context of labour shortages and increasing pressures on workforces being experienced in sectors such as construction, hospitality, retail, and health and social care.

There will also be examination of the processes and workings of the system itself, with delegates exploring what is needed to improve both employer and individual experiences and lower the barriers for engaging with the system, with discussion expected on:

  • the cost of visa applications
  • complexity and bureaucracy in sponsor licenses
  • information, guidance and support available to employers

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Professor Brian Bell, Chair, Migration Advisory Committee, and Professor of Economics, King’s College London; and Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive, UK Hospitality.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Home Office; the Migration Advisory Committee Secretariat; Border Force; Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration; Department for the Economy, NI; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government, along with Parliamentary passholders from the House of Lords.

Keynote Speaker

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive, UK Hospitality

Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Bell

Chair, Migration Advisory Committee, and Professor of Economics, King’s College London

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive, UK Hospitality


Stuart McDonald MP

Shadow SNP Spokesperson, Home Affairs


Carine Elliott

Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

David Camp

Chief Executive, Association of Labour Providers and allianceHR

Madeleine Sumption

Director, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford

Professor Catherine Barnard

Professor of European and Employment Law, University of Cambridge

Emelia Quist

Head of Policy Research, Federation of Small Businesses

Marley Morris

Associate Director, Migration, Trade and Communities, Institute for Public Policy Research

Dr Seema Farazi

Partner, Financial Services, Immigration and Brexit, Ernst and Young

Julia Onslow-Cole

Partner, Global Government Strategies and Compliance, Fragomen

Demetris Demetriou

Head of Legal, Davidson Morris Solicitors