עכשיו זה רשמי: הממשלה פרסמה הצהרה חדשה על שינויים בחוקי ההגירה לממלכה

חוקי ההגירה משתנים. עו״ד אפרת שמש אידלסון עושה סדר ומסבירה על ההצהרה החדשה שפרסמה הממשלה

The nearly 300-page document is the second statement of changes to be published so far this year. The statement details some of the significant reforms that the government announced in the past as part of its policy to reduce immigration and curb abuse, according to them, of the immigration system to the Kingdom.  

The main changes concerning Alondon readers deal with increasing the general salary threshold and higher "rates" for specific professions for work visa applicants, and changes in the minimum income requirement for spouse visa applicants. 

I am bringing here the main changes which, as always, are not a substitute for reading the laws themselves and/or receiving advice from a competent authority. 

Changes in the work visa route

As early as December 2023, the minister in charge announced changes to this route to encourage businesses to invest in the existing workforce in the Kingdom instead of relying on bringing in foreign workers. 

As of 04/04/2024 the minimum wage requirement for the general wage threshold for a work visa applicant will increase from £26,200 to £38,700. 

Workers in the field of health and care, or in professions where rates are determined using a national wage scale, are exempt from the new median wage requirements.

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Instead, a general threshold continues to apply and is increased from £26,200 to £29,000. 

New salary list for immigration

The list of shortage occupations is replaced by a new immigration salary list, to clarify that the values ​​​​on the list are those in which the government deems it appropriate to offer a reduced salary threshold, this instead of the list of all occupations suffering from a shortage of manpower.

New salary requirements for other work tracks

The general salary threshold in the track of a senior employee or specialist (global mobility) is increased from £45,800 to £48,500.
The general pay scale on Graduate Trainee (Global Business Mobility) tracks has increased from £24,220 to £25,410.
The general salary threshold on the scale-up track has increased from £34,600 to £36,300.
For workers on the seasonal worker track, who must be paid in line with skilled workers, the wage requirement rises from £26,200 and £10.75 an hour to £38,700 and £15.88 an hour.

Increase to the minimum income requirement under the spouse route (family visa) 

The statements detail the planned increase in the minimum income requirement for those on five-year family tracks (appendix FM).

This minimum income requirement has not been increased for over a decade, and according to the Ministry of the Interior, it no longer reflects the level of income required for a family to ensure that it is independent and does not need to rely on public funds.

This change imposes a new minimum income requirement of £29,000 for new applicants to the pathways, which will come into force on 11 April 2024. This is the first step to align the financial requirement for this pathway with the new general minimum wage threshold for skilled workers.

Also, there will no longer be a separate child component to the minimum income requirement. This is to ensure that British nationals are not treated less favorably than immigrants who are required to meet the general skilled worker threshold as a fixed rate, regardless of any sponsored children.

Note that this change cannot apply to applicants who have already submitted the application or are already on this track and provided that it is the same spouse. 

So what do I suggest? A person who thinks that he will have no problem meeting the new conditions does not need to change plans. For those who are worried, you can submit the adjusted form before 04/11/2024 and then coordinate the biometric appointment for a date that suits the applicant. 

Advocate Efrat Shemesh

Efrat Shemesh Idelson – Solicitor, specializing in immigration to the Kingdom, Branch Austin McCormick LLP.
es@branchaustinmccormick.com

אפרת שמש אידלסון – סוליסיטור, מתמחה בהגירה לממלכה, Branch Austin McCormick LLP.
es@branchaustinmccormick.com

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