More professionals moving to the UK through Intra-Company Transfer route - Global Visas

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A growing number of professionals from outside the EU have moved to the UK in the past year through intra-company transfers (ICT) - Global Visas

Intra-company transfers are proving to be a popular notion when it comes to moving to the UK, Global Visas has recently found. A growing number of professionals from outside the EU have moved to the UK in the past year through intra-company transfers (ICT).

The Migration Advisory Committee figures project that the Indians make up the largest group of people to move to the UK via this route than through the UK work visa route.

Up to September 2011, the ICT scheme has enabled some 29,700 people to move to the UK, a figure that has mounted from 20,000 in 2009. According to the figures, two thirds of this group were contractors and among this set, two thirds of the contractors were from India.

To control the influx of professionals moving to the UK, the UK immigration service has an annual limit of 21,700 for non-EU citizens wanting to come and work in the UK under the skilled work visa route. However, those who move through the UK visa ICT route are not included in this number and they also far exceed the number moving to the UK on skilled work visas.

The employers' groups' including the Confederation of British Industry has joined forces to call upon the government to retain the ICT route. They are of the firm opinion that the ICTs are vital for UK businesses for attracting foreign firms to set up bases in the UK.

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