14 March 2018
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) has published a new policy review on immigration, which sets out what science and engineering needs from an immigration system in the short-term and the longer-term through the Brexit negotiations and in a post-Brexit UK.
Science and immunology has benefited tremendously from free movement of researchers and recruitment of talent beyond UK and European borders. In order to preserve our reputation in research and to make the UK a global hub for science, CaSE is calling for amending current visa rules and immigration system that supports research and innovation.
One of the recommendations made in the review is to abolish the Tier 2 (General) visa cap for roles on the Government’s Shortage Occupation List and PhD level roles. This is something that CaSe has been actively calling for, most recently through a letter to the Prime Minister. The British Society for Immunology was pleased to be signatory, alongside 46 other organisations, to the letter that laid out the international nature of science and that research organisations need to be able to recruit international talent. You can read a full copy of the letter here.
If you have any queries on the BSI's work in this area or on the new CaSE report, please contact our Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Shannon Lacombe. To find out more information on the BSI's views on this issue, read our report 'Immunology: a global life-saving science'.
The Campaign for Science and Engineering is a membership body and leading advocate for science and engineering. The BSI is an active member of CaSE.