8 March 2018
The British Society for Immunology is pleased to be a signatory on a letter from the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) to the Prime Minister, calling on the government to take urgent action in revising current immigration policy to better attract international research and innovation talent. The letter lays out the international nature of scientific endeavour and that research organisations need to be able to recruit talent from around the world to ensure that the UK maintains its position as a global leader in research. You can read a full copy of the letter here.
The letter was signed by 46 organisations from across business, universities, professional institutes, and research charities. In particular, CaSE's letter calls on the government to take positive action in recognition that circumstances have significantly changed since the Tier 2 visa cap was introduced, and to exempt roles on the Government's Shortage Occupation List and PhD level roles from the cap. Such a move would be widely welcomed; relieving pressure on the cap, renewing business-confidence, and enhancing prospects for boosting the UK's economic prosperity.
If you have any queries on the BSI's work in this area, 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'.