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New Shortage Occupation List accidentally fails to unearth archaeologists


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The new Shortage Occupation List is finally live and this morning the revised Appendix K of the Immigration Rules was uploaded to gov.uk.  

Unfortunately, in its rush to publish the new list, the Home Office has omitted archaeologists. This profession was recommended for inclusion as a shortage occupation by the Migration Advisory Committee, and the department accepted the committee’s recommendations in full, but accidentally left archaeologists out.

Thankfully acknowledging the oversight, the Home Office has confirmed in the newly updated Tier 2 policy guidance that archaeologists are to be treated as though appearing in Appendix K until it’s able to update the Immigration Rules.

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Nichola Carter

Nichola heads the immigration team at Carter Thomas (www.carterthomas.co.uk). A lawyer with 20 years' experience, she also sits on The Law Society’s Immigration Committee. Nichola's main work relates to advising businesses, universities and schools on sponsor applications and compliance, and individuals seeking to come under the Global Talent, family and other routes . She regularly provides media comment including for the BBC and FT and is happy to be contacted for comment. Nichola tweets from @carternichola and her email is ncarter@carterthomas.co.uk.