Q: MY current employer wants to apply for a UK Tier 2 Visa for myself, but apparently the resident labour market test needs to be fulfilled first. Can you please tell me what this is?
A: The UK Home Office is advised by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as to which areas of the UK labour market are experiencing shortages. The occupations experiencing shortages of labour are compiled in the Shortage Occupation List.
If an occupation is not on the Shortage Occupation List, the employers are required to advertise the position — the resident labour market test. Where the employer can demonstrate after advertising the job, that there is no suitably qualified resident or EU citizen candidate available to fill the vacancy a sponsorship certificate can be issued to the non-EU citizen. This is done to protect the UK labour market.
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