New Year, New Visa Rules: A Comprehensive Guide by Aman Solicitors

As we approach a new year, it’s crucial to stay informed about the evolving landscape of immigration regulations. On December 4, 2023, Home Secretary James Cleverly announced a “five-point plan” to reduce immigration, unveiling significant changes to visa rules. At Aman Solicitors, we believe in empowering you with the knowledge needed to navigate these adjustments effectively.

The Five Changes in Visa Rules:

1. Dependency Restrictions for Social Care Workers:

  • Social care workers will no longer be allowed to bring dependents (partners and children) on their visa.

2. Increased Minimum Salary for Skilled Worker Visa:

  • The baseline minimum salary for a Skilled Worker visa will rise from £26,200 to £38,700 (except for the Health and Care Worker visa and education workers on national pay scales).

3. Alterations to the Shortage Occupation List:

  • Changes to the shortage occupation list aim to reduce the number of jobs eligible for sponsoring overseas workers below the baseline minimum salary.

4. Elevated Minimum Income for Spouse/Partner Visa:

  • The minimum income required to sponsor someone for a spouse/partner visa will increase in stages: £18,600 to £29,000, then approximately £34,500, and finally around £38,700.

5. Review of the Graduate Visa:

  • The Migration Advisory Committee will conduct a review of the Graduate visa, a two-year unsponsored work permit for overseas graduates of British universities.

Implementation Timeline:

The changes will be implemented on different timelines:

  • Banning care worker dependents is expected “as soon as possible in the new year.”
  • The Skilled Worker minimum salary increase will take effect in April 2024.
  • Changes to the shortage occupation list are anticipated no earlier than April 2024.
  • Spouse/partner visa minimum income will increase in stages throughout 2024 and early 2025.
  • The Graduate visa review will commence in January and may extend until late 2024.

Advance Notice and Parliamentary Procedure:

  • Statements of changes to the Immigration Rules must be laid before Parliament and are typically subject to at least 21 days of advance notice.
  • MPs are unlikely to vote on the changes, as alterations to the Immigration Rules take effect automatically unless actively annulled within 40 days.

How Aman Solicitors Can Assist:

At Aman Solicitors, we understand the significance of these changes and the impact they may have on individuals and businesses. Our experienced immigration law team is here to guide you through the complexities of the new regulations, providing tailored advice and solutions.

Bottom Line:

The landscape of immigration rules is ever-changing. Stay informed, and let Aman Solicitors be your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of these adjustments. Visit our website for more information or to schedule a consultation with our immigration experts. Knowledge is empowerment, and we are here to empower you through every step of your journey.