UK immigration law initiate changes in migration rules for family and work visas in 2024

Yogesh shukla

UK immigration law initiate changes in migration rules for family and work visas in 2024

In an announcement on 4th of December 2023, James Cleverly the home secretary of the United Kingdom announced changes to come in visa rules where he stated that the “Five-point plan” the purpose behind theses changes is to reduce immigration. Then on the 21st of December, 2023, another announcement was made through the Home Office providing more information and including some adjustments made to what had initially been announced. The changes have not yet been made but a timeline for the changes to be implemented has already been shared on 30th January, 2024.

What were the 5 immigration changes announced by James Cleverly and when will they be implemented?
Mentioned below are the changes that are to be implemented and the dates on which the changes will be made:

  • As per the immigration changes newly arriving social care workers will no longer be allowed to bring theirdependents (i.e. spouse/ partner and children) on this visa. This rule will be implemented starting 11th March 2024.
  • The minimum salary needed to get a Skilled Worker visa is going up from £26,200 to £38,700. However, this does not apply to certain health, care, and education jobs. The Skilled Workers Salary increase is to be implemented from 4th April 2024.
  • Some jobs are on a shortage occupation list where employers can hire overseas workers with a lower salary. They are planning to reduce this list, meaning fewer jobs will have this option. The changes to the shortage occupation list might happen on the 4th of April, 2024; meanwhile, the migration advisory committee is working on the recommendation for the new list.
  • If you want to bring your spouse or partner to the UK, you usually need to earn a certain amount. This requirement is going up gradually from £18,600 to £29,000 and this increase is to happen on the 11th of April, 2024 then the requirement will again be revised to £34,500 late in 2024, and this amount will again be revised to £38,700 early in 2025.
  • The Graduate Visa a two-year unsponsored work permit for overseas graduates from British Universities will be reviewed by the Migration Advisory Committee. The Migration Advisory Committee under the mandate of the Home Office was supposed to work on the review of Graduate Visa in January 2024 and the report is said to be shared in late 2024.

How will the Students from India who are planning to study in the UK be affected?
 The students from India make up the largest international student diaspora in the United Kingdom where they harbour the dream of pursuing Graduation and there after work on a work permit for the term of 2 years. As per the new changes being made in immigration law, the Graduate Visa will be under review and action will be taken accordingly.

How will Social Care workers be affected by the changes in the Immigration Law?
As per the recent updates the new Social Care workers will not be allowed to bring their partners and dependent children to the UK with them.

To catch more details regarding UK immigration and the upcoming changes in the immigration law or if you are planning to study in the U.K. then contact immigration consultants at Aptech Visa at 7503832132, you can also visit our website


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