In one of his first speeches as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has outlined government ambitions to attract more top researchers to the UK by reforming the ‘exceptional talent’ visa route. He has instructed the Home Office and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to create a fast track route for these researchers, a key feature of which is allowing their families to live and work in the UK.

The announcement comes amidst an ongoing government consultation on the UK’s new single immigration system, which is expected to launch in January 2021 even in a no-deal scenario. AMRC continues to advocate for the needs of medical research charities to government and welcomes the recognition of the importance of researchers’ dependants. It is vital to the UK life sciences that the new immigration system does not reduce the pool of researchers able to come and work in the UK.  

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