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Rishi Sunak To Introduce Rigorous Changes to UK Visa Policies

In a bold move, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has implemented robust immigration regulations, signalling a significant shift to curtail annual migration by hundreds of thousands. Under mounting pressure from within the Tory ranks the British government has unveiled a comprehensive set of measures. This includes a noteworthy one-third increase in the minimum salary required for skilled job migrants. Sunak, emphasising the historical nature of this decision, is resolute in addressing what he perceives as an excessive level of net migration.

Key Overhauls Outlined by Sunak’s Administration:

Dependant Restrictions: A crucial element of the strategy involves putting a halt to the entry of dependants to the UK.

Elevated Salary Thresholds: Both overseas workers and sponsors of family members are set to face substantial increases in the minimum salary thresholds. Overseas workers will experience an almost 50% surge, rising from £26,200 to £38,700. A parallel increase is slated for British citizens sponsoring family members.

Tightening of Health and Care Visas: Stricter regulations on the Health and Care visa, a significant avenue for care workers, now disallow the inclusion of dependants. Additionally, care providers can only sponsor migrant workers engaged in activities regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Crackdown on Discounted Labour: A decisive move involves the removal of the 20% salary discount for shortage occupations. Instead, the government will introduce an Immigration Salary List, subject to review by the Migration Advisory Committee.

Student Dependant Restrictions: Measures are in place to address the increasing trend of students bringing dependants, with a projected impact on net migration. This is expected to particularly affect the approximately 153,000 visas granted to dependants of sponsored students in the year ending September 2023.

The government contends that these collective measures underscore the principle that individuals aspiring to reside and work in the UK must be self-sufficient, contribute to the economy, and avoid becoming a burden on the state.

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s home affairs spokesperson, has accused the Conservatives of being in a “chaotic panic” over immigration, characterising today’s statement as an admission of years of comprehensive failure by the Conservative government.

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Rugmini Dinu