UK Visa Rules Overview

UK Visa Rules Overview

Mixed Reactions to the Plan

The UK government has come up with a five-point plan to control immigration, and people have different opinions about it. Some of the measures in the plan include not allowing care workers to bring their families and increasing the minimum salary requirement for skilled worker visas.

Pressure on the Home Secretary

James Cleverly, the new Home Secretary, is facing a lot of pressure to take a strong stance on immigration. He believes that immigration policy should be fair, legal, and sustainable.

Anger over the Rwanda Deportation Scheme

Conservatives are angry about a recent Supreme Court ruling that declared the British government’s proposal to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as illegal. This would have allowed the UK to send anyone who entered the country illegally to Rwanda.

High Net Migration Numbers

Last year, net migration reached 745,000. Around 1,180,000 people entered the UK with the intention of staying for at least a year. Most of these people, about 968,000, came from non-EU countries.

UK Tightens Visa Rules

The Top Non-EU Nationalities

  • Indian (253,000)
  • Nigerian (141,000)
  • Chinese (89,000)
  • Pakistani (55,000)
  • Ukrainian (35,000)

The UK’s Five-Point Plan

Health and Care Visas

The government wants to stop the “abuse of the health and care visa” by not allowing overseas care workers to bring their dependents. Dependents include spouses, civil partners, and children under 18.

Skilled Worker Visa Minimum Salary Change

The minimum salary requirement for a skilled worker visa has been increased from £26,000 to £38,700. This is a 50% increase.

Shortage Occupation List

The Shortage Occupation list includes jobs that are hard to fill in the UK labor market. The new policy removes the 20% minimum wage reduction for those applying for a visa in shortage occupations. The list will also be reviewed and trimmed.

Family Visas

The minimum requirement for a family visa will be increased to £38,700, up from £18,600 in 2012. This change aims to ensure that people can financially support their dependents.

Student Visas

The government expects around 300,000 fewer people to come to the UK in the future due to changes in student visas. The Migration Advisory Committee will review the graduate route, and more changes to student visas are expected soon.

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