Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The UK immigration system - migration law reform, tackling irregular migration and next steps for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 25th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



The seminar is timed as an opportunity to discuss a range of key policy developments, including:



Delegates will assess the potential options for the structure of a new immigration system, and how best it can cater for all parts of the UK economy.


It comes with the MAC’s call for evidence on a points-based system and the salary threshold.


With concerns over access to skilled workers with regard to the initially-proposed salary level - and its impact on business competitiveness - delegates will assess policy options for attracting international talent whilst at the same time ending freedom of movement.


There will also be discussion on the practicalities involved in a points-based immigration system.


Delegates will assess the potential categories for allocating points - such as educational qualifications, language proficiency and work experience - as well as the timeline for introduction.


We expect discussion on the implementation of the Seasonal Workers pilot that aims to ensure that workforce demand is met in particular sectors such as construction, agriculture and hospitality.


Those attending will also consider the impact of reforms on UK universities and their access to global talent, as well as the recently announced two-year post study visas aimed at supporting retention of international students.


Further sessions consider the proposed changes put forward by the Law Commission.


Delegates will discuss the potential impact of recommendations on shorter, redrafted guidelines designed to improve accessibility and ease of use for stakeholders - as well as on the regulation of immigration practitioners.


With the Government announcing the proposed stricter criminality thresholds for entry and removal of immigrants in the event of a no-deal Brexit, there will be discussion on priorities for border control and international co-operation post-Brexit, as well as on the UK’s potential withdrawal from the Schengen Information System.


Further sessions will look at the operation of the EU Settlement Scheme and the European Temporary Leave to Remain Scheme, and the practicalities of its operation through an online application process, and the checks required from stakeholders such as employers and landlords on EU nationals.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Alan Manning

Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Glyn Williams

Director General, Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office

Keynote Speakers

Professor Alan Manning

Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Glyn Williams

Director General, Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office

Speakers

Andrew Tingley

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Nicholas Paines QC

Commissioner, Public Law, Law Commission

Senior speaker confirmed from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

Stephanie Harris

Policy Manager, Universities UK

Senior speaker confirmed from the CBI

Daniel Pryor

Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute

Satbir Singh

Chief Executive, JCWI