INTRODUCTION TO NEW IMMIGRATION MEASURES:
The UK government recently announced a comprehensive five-point plan to manage immigration, introducing major changes across various visa categories. This plan aims to address the growing concerns around net migration and the labor market.
RAISING THE SALARY THRESHOLD:
A key change is the significant increase in the salary threshold for skilled worker visas, jumping from £26,200 to £38,700. This nearly 50% rise is a pivotal part of the government’s strategy to control immigration numbers.
IMPACT ON HEALTH AND CARE VISAS:
For health and care visas, the new policy prohibits overseas care workers from bringing family dependents. This measure targets the perceived abuse of these visas, ensuring that only those who can financially support their dependents are allowed to bring them.
FAMILY AND STUDENT VISA ADJUSTMENTS:
Family visas see a similar increase in the salary threshold, aligning with the skilled worker visa changes. Additionally, the government plans to review student visas to prevent abuse and maintain the integrity of UK higher education.
SHORTAGE OCCUPATION LIST REFORMS:
The government also aims to reform the shortage occupation list, removing the 20% discount on the minimum salary and revising the job types eligible for this list. This change is part of an effort to reduce reliance on overseas labor in short-staffed sectors.
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Information derived from “Tougher Visa Rules for Foreign Workers” by Sky News (source) and “UK Announces Rise in Salary Threshold” by Reuters (source).