Dates set for the increase in the minimum salary for family and skilled worker visas

On 30 January 2024, the Government released a statement confirming the dates for the implementation of these changes to the Immigration Rules.

Dependents for care workers and senior care workers

On 19 February, the Home Office plans to introduce Immigration Rules that eliminate the right for care workers and senior care workers to bring their dependents. This change is set to take effect on 11 March 2024. The new Rules stipulate that care providers in England can sponsor migrant workers only if they are engaged in activities regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Salary threshold increase for skilled worker applications

On 14 March, the Home Office intends to lay Immigration Rules to raise the earnings thresholds for individuals entering through the Skilled Worker route. The minimum threshold will surge by 48%, increasing from £26,200 to £38,700. These adjustments will be implemented on 4 April 2024 and are designed to focus the immigration system on attracting skilled and highly paid talent globally. However, the Health and Care Visa route will be exempted from this specific threshold.

Removal of 20% discount for shortage occupations

On 14 March, Immigration Rules will eliminate the 20% discount for occupations on the Shortage Occupation List. Additionally, any occupations recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) will be temporarily added to the new Immigration Salary List.

Phased increase in the minimum financial requirement for family visas:

On 14 March, Immigration Rules will outline a phased increase in the minimum financial requirement for family visas. Starting from 11 April 2024, the threshold will rise to £29,000, representing the 25% of earnings for jobs eligible for Skilled Worker visas. Subsequently, the threshold will be increased to £34,500 and ultimately to £38,700(aligning with the General Skilled Worker threshold) by early 2025.


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