‘Legal migration’ changes – the TL;DR version

1 min read 05/12/2023

The Home Secretary has announced plans to reduce family, study, and work-related immigration in response to record levels of net migration (745,000 in 2022). 

The five-point plan, which will come into effect in Spring 2024, includes:

  • Migrant workers will need to earn at least £38,700
  • Overseas care workers cannot bring family members
  • Minimum income for spouse and partner visas to rise to £38,700 
  • Scrapping the 20% salary reduction for jobs on the shortage occupation list
  • Review of the graduate visa route 
  • NHS surcharge to increase to £1,035 per year (previously announced)

The announcement has drawn social media dismay, particularly due to the substantial increase in the minimum income requirement.

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