RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance said:
“The UK’s immigration system can be expensive and opaque, and the official inclusion of architects on the Shortage Occupation List means the sector will now benefit from reduced administration and cost. However, we know that the burden remains high, especially for smaller practices, and the RIBA will continue to lobby for government to reduce the barriers practices looking to recruit international talent.
International architects bring a wealth of experience, skills and creativity to the architecture sector. It’s vital that whatever the outcome of the Brexit impasse, we have an immigration system that supports and welcomes this talent.”