Rishi Sunak: The strict new immigration rules are expected to reduce the number of people able to move to the United Kingdom by hundreds of thousands each year.
Under pressure from Tory MPs, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a slew of measures on Monday to drastically reduce migration levels. The UK home office stated that the change would affect approximately 300,000 people who would no longer be eligible to enter the UK under the new measures, which include raising the minimum wage migrants must earn in a skilled job by one-third
According to Sunak, net migration is too high, and he is committed to bringing it down.
We recently revealed the largest-ever decrease in net migration. In a social media post, he said, No Prime Minister in history has done this before.
Sunak’s government has announced the following key measures:
The government intends to end the influx of dependents into the UK, as part of its migration-reduction strategy.
Salary Threshold Increases:
Minimum wages for foreign workers and British or settled individuals sponsoring family members will be significantly increased. The earning threshold for foreign workers will nearly double, from £26,200 to £38,700, with a similar increase for British citizens sponsoring family members.
Tightening of Health and Care Visas:
The Health and Care visa, which was previously a popular option for caregivers and their dependents, will be restricted. Overseas caregivers will no longer be permitted to bring dependents to the UK, and care providers will be limited to sponsoring migrant workers engaged in activities governed by the Care Quality Commission.
Suppression of Low-Cost Labor
In place of the 20% pay discount for shortage occupations, the government will implement an Immigration Salary List that has been examined by the Migration Advisory Committee and adjusted to reflect higher salary thresholds.
Restrictions for Dependent Students:
There are already steps in place to address the growing number of students entering the UK with dependents. It is anticipated that these modifications will have a substantial effect on net migration, with 153,000 visas being awarded to dependents of sponsored students in the year ending in September 2023.
According to the government, all of these actions serve to uphold the fundamental requirement that anyone wishing to live and work in the UK be independent, stimulate the economy, and not end up as a financial burden on the government.
Yvette Cooper, the home affairs spokesperson for Labour, charged that the Conservatives were experiencing a chaotic panic regarding immigration.
Today’s statement is an admission of years of total failure by this Conservative government, she stated in parliament.