The Biochemical Society has today supported a letter sent by the Campaign for Science and Engineering to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for the government to revise current immigration policies and lift the cap on Tier 2 visas with immediate effect.  

The letter sets out the challenges faced by employers across science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, who are unable to fill business-critical roles across the economy, and claim it is damaging the UK’s international appeal. 

The letter has the support of over 40 organizations, including universities, businesses, professional organizations and research charities. 

Commenting on the letter, Professor Sir Pete Downes, President of the Biochemical Society, said:

‘The UK is a world leader in scientific research and in order for this to continue, it is vital that we can attract talented scientists and technicians from abroad, as well as continuing to develop our domestic skills base. Revising the current policy to exempt roles on the Shortage Occupation List and PhD level roles from the Tier 2 cap is vital to address some of the skills shortages we see across STEM sectors, drive our economic growth and provide a powerful international message that we remain open, welcoming and dedicated to scientific excellence. The Biochemical Society is pleased to add its support to this letter from CaSE.’