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Next steps for the UK Immigration system - implementation, impact and options for further reform

Morning, Thursday, 15th October 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference which will discuss key developments and priorities for the UK immigration system.

Why this is relevant now - the context:

Key areas for discussion:

The new points-based immigration system - with discussion on:

  • the practicalities of planned implementation of the system in January 2021
  • the criteria - based on ability to speak English, the offer of a skilled job with an approved sponsor, qualifications, the salary offered, if the relevant sector has a skills shortage, and the salary
  • the ability of UK businesses to continue to attract international talent, with concerns over the initially-proposed salary level, and the absence of a route for workers with lower skills and pay
  • how a reformed system can best cater for all parts of the UK economy
  • the effect on shortage occupations such as the social care sector, particularly in light of pressures on the sector following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • the likely impact of the new system on the different regions and nations of the UK and whether the system will allow locally-focused skills gaps to be filled, and skilled workers to be attracted to live and work outside London

The Law Commission’s immigration rule reforms - the potential impact of recommendations put forward by the Law Commission to simplify the immigration rules, the response from government:

  • assessing the shorter, redrafted guidelines designed to improve accessibility and ease of use for stakeholders, and  how the proposed changes will affect the regulation of immigration practitioners

Seasonal workers

  • the implementation of the Seasonal Workers Pilot, which aims to ensure that workforce demand is met in particular sectors, such as construction, agriculture, and hospitality and the likely impact of COVID-19 on meeting workforce demand in this area of the economy

Impact on higher education

Enforcement and irregular migration

  • priorities for border control and international co-operation post-Brexit, as well as on the UK’s potential withdrawal from the Schengen Information System
  • the EU Settlement Scheme and the European Temporary Leave to Remain Scheme - how the online application process and checks required from stakeholders such as employers and landlords on EU nationals have worked practically so far and are likely to do so in future

The agenda:

  • The Migration Advisory Committee’s review into shortage occupations - key findings
  • The UK’s new immigration rules and taking forward options for simplification 
  • Supporting immigrants and their rights at a time of change
  • The new points-based immigration system - impact, and ensuring that the system works effectively for individuals, communities and the economy
  • Designing an immigration system that works for all parts of the UK
  • Enforcing new immigration rules and criteria
  • Implementing the points-based immigration system

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this policy area, senior representatives from law firms, charities, campaign groups, think tanks, trade unions, local government, embassies, translation companies, workforce training providers, business associations and employers, the health sector and other sector-specific industry bodies, as well as universities, colleges and independent schools, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders within the criminal justice system, together with academics and reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Bell

Interim Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Satbir Singh

Chief Executive, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Stuart McDonald MP

SNP Spokesperson for Immigration and Asylum

A senior speaker confirmed Home Office


Alex Russell

Partner, Mills and Reeve

Chetal Patel

Partner, Bates Wells

Harry Anderson

Policy Manager, Universities UK

Sally Daghlian

Chief Executive, Praxis Community Projects