The UK's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) used the Indian information technology sector as an example in its latest set of recommendations to call for a review of the country's intra-company transfer (ICT) route under the Tier 2 visa regime.

The new up-front charge of 1,000 pounds for each skilled non-EU migrant will apply per year, so a three year visa would carry a surcharge of 3,000 pounds for each employee.

MAC believes by increasing the cost of hiring from abroad, the new surcharge would encourage employers to invest in training British workers instead.

A UK Home Office spokesperson said, "We are grateful to the migration advisory committee for its report. We are considering its findings and will respond in due course."

According to MAC data, Indian skilled workers were given the largest number of visas under Tier 2 in the year ending September 2015 and Indian IT workers accounted for 90 percent of visas issued under the ICT route.

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