Government reduces minimum salary for migrants for settling in the UK
The government has reduced the £35,800 minimum salary for migrants who wish to settle in the UK by almost 30%.
International employers on salaries of £20,480 but with enough points under the new immigration system, and who qualify for jobs where there is a shortage of workers, may be entitled to get Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK after six years and, eventually, apply for UK nationality.
The rules were published last week by the Home Office and will come into force on 1st December. The new regulations will see the general threshold lowered to £25,600, as the government seems to have tacitly allowed low paid migrant workers to enter the UK.
Steve Valdez-Symonds, director for the refugee and migrant rights program, declared:
“Sadly, this latest development does not appear to signal any new or firm commitment to encourage equality of opportunity through the UK’s immigration system or to respect the rights and human dignity of all women, men and children regardless of class or colour.”
On the other hand, Migration Watch UK advocates that this move would reduce the incentive for British employers to train domestic workforce.
The £35,800 salary threshold for migrants was first introduced in 2011 by Theresa May, aiming to meet targets on restricting the number of migrants set by David Cameron.
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