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UK family visa salary cap increase to be in ‘incremental phase’

London, Dec 22 (Language): Britain’s proposed increase in the minimum annual salary threshold for British citizens and permanent residents to be eligible to sponsor a spouse or partner on a family visa will be in “incremental phases” rather than an immediate increase. Up to GBP 38,700, the government has told Parliament.

Speaking to reporters on a visit to Lincoln in eastern England on Friday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the high end of the increase would come in early 2025 after the first cap increase of GBP 29,000 comes into force in early 2024.

“I think the principle here is absolutely right, that if people are bringing dependents to this country as part of their family, they should be able to support them,” Sunak said.

“We’re raising the salary cap significantly, and we’re doing exactly what we said we would — we’re just doing it in two phases,” he said.

The update came in response to a written parliamentary question in the House of Lords on Thursday, which said the threshold will rise from the current level of GBP 18,600 to GBP 29,000 in early 2024, followed by two further increases.

The move, which will affect many Indians, has been branded “regressive” by the opposition, as Home Secretary James Cleverley told the Commons earlier this month that the threshold would rise to GBP 38,700 – in line with the minimum wage requirement. Will go. Skilled Worker Visa Route.

The latest Home Office document now says that although the intention is to align both borders, this will be done in phases over time.

“The MIR (minimum income requirement) will be increased in gradual stages to provide predictability,” Home Office minister Lord Andrew Sharp said in his Lords statement.

“In spring 2024, we will raise the threshold to GBP 29,000, which is the 25th percentile of earnings for jobs eligible for the skilled worker visa, moving to the 40th percentile (currently GBP 34,500) and finally to the 50th percentile (currently GBP 38,700 ) Will reach to. And the level at which the general skilled worker limit is set) is in the final stages of implementation,” he said.

He reiterated Cleverly’s stance that the MIR has not been increased for over a decade and therefore no longer reflects the level of income required by a household to ensure they are self-sufficient and requires them to rely on public funds. There is no need to depend.

“Family life here should not be established at taxpayers’ expense and family migrants must be able to integrate if they are to play a full role in British life… The aim is to reduce net migration when this change begins in the spring. 2024,” he further said.

Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, who warned of hasty weddings between now and spring 2024 by people desperate to circumvent the new rules, accused the government of failing to properly assess the impact of the changes .

“It is no surprise that they are now sailing back in a hurry,” he said.

Lord Sharp’s statement came as the Home Office released a factsheet highlighting visa policy changes to curb immigration taking effect from the New Year, banning most students and overseas care workers from bringing dependents Went.

“We will phase in an increase in the minimum income for family visas to provide predictability to families,” the fact sheet reads.

It also confirms the increase in the minimum income threshold for skilled worker visas from GBP 26,200 to GBP 38,700, with doctors and nurses applying under the health and care visa exempted from this requirement. Most of the changes are expected to take effect from April 2024, except for student dependents, who will take effect in January.

The Home Office factsheet confirms that the Home Office will formally appoint an independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in January 2024 to review graduate route, or post-study, work visas, and expects this work to begin next year. Will continue till the end.

The Home Office said, “The MAC will review the visa pathway to ensure that it is serving the UK’s best interests and priorities, and will ensure that the integrity and quality of the UK higher education system is maintained.”

Overseas student groups have expressed widespread concern over this proposed review of the pathway, which allows post-study work experience and is the biggest factor behind students from India choosing UK universities.

Meanwhile, the shortage occupations list – which includes jobs considered to be in shortage of workers – will be reformatted into an Immigration Salary List (ISL), creating a 20 percent “going rate” for so-called shortage occupations. Salary exemption will end. The MAC will also be appointed to review the composition of the list in line with the increased salary limit. PTI AK AIIMS Roop AKJ Roop

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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