Immigration Cap - Terms Of Reference

The Home Affairs Committee has concluded its inquiry into the Immigration Cap and published its Report.


The Committee's Report on the Immigration Cap was published on 3 November 2010 as the First Report of Session 2010-12, HC 361.

Additional written evidence has been published.

Terms of reference

The Committee issued the following terms of reference on 29 July 2010: 

  • The impact a cap on non-EU economic migration would have on the ability of UK business and industries to recruit the skills and staff they require;
  • The numbers of skilled and non-skilled migrants likely to be affected by a cap on Tiers 1 and 2;
  • The impact and effectiveness of a ‘first come, first served’ or a pool system for highly skilled migrants under Tier 1; and of a ‘first come, first served’, a pool, or an auction, system for skilled migrants under Tier 2;
  •  Whether and how intra-company transfers should be included in a cap;
  • The implications of merging the Resident Labour Market Test and Shortage Occupation Lists;
  • Whether dependents should be included in the cap, and the effect of including them. 


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