The UK government announced earlier this month new salary thresholds for both Skilled Worker and Spouse visas. Starting next spring, individuals must earn at least £38,700 per year to secure a skilled worker visa or to bring a family member or partner from abroad to the UK.
However, the Home Office has adjusted its initial plan to swiftly raise the minimum salary requirement for British nationals bringing foreign family members to the UK, which had faced criticism. The threshold will now be raised to £29,000 instead of £38,700, starting in the spring of 2024.
The revised proposal, disclosed abruptly and without public attention in a parliamentary response, indicated that the threshold would be increased ‘gradually’ and would eventually reach £38,700. However, no specific timeline was provided for this increment.
The Home Office minister, Lord Sharpe of Epsom, said, “In Spring 2024, we will raise the threshold to £29,000, which is the 25th percentile of earnings for jobs eligible for Skilled Worker visas, progressing to the 40th percentile (currently £34,500), and finally the 50th percentile (currently £38,700 and the level at which the general skilled worker threshold is set) in the final stage of implementation.”
The Government has also confirmed that the changes will only apply to new visa applicants and those already in the UK will only have to meet the current, much lower, income requirements.
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