In June, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee collected written evidence for their inquiry into a post-Brexit immigration system. Using this evidence, the Committee produced and recently published their report, 'An immigration system that works for science and innovation', which makes a number of recommendations for the Government regarding immigration and visa legislation that would work for science and research.
As part of this inquiry, the British Society for Immunology highlighted the role of international collaboration in scientific progress, and stressed the importance of reaching an early immigration and funding deal with the EU in maintaining the UK's ability to attract and retain international talent. Another of the key points we made was around removing the Tier 2 visa cap for occupations listed on the shortage occupation list, an official list of occupations for which there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies. The committee's report referenced the BSI as a one of several organisations calling for the Government to remove such occupations, many of which are specialised science and research roles, from the visa cap.