Finally, the UK is raising the minimum annual income for all visas, including the UK Care Visa Work Permit, is being increased. Daily Dazzling Dawn has published several news in the last few months about the imminent increase in the minimum income from a few months ago.
Figures due to be released this week suggest reform plans will require foreign workers seeking to enter the UK to earn salaries of more than £30,000 to maintain net immigration of around 500,000 a year.
Ministers are set to unveil proposals aimed at reducing net immigration by raising salary thresholds for skilled workers, the Telegraph reported. Currently, to find work in the UK, people outside of shortage occupations need to earn a minimum wage of £26,200, which is significantly below the average wage of £33,000.
The proposals, which have not yet been finalized, come ahead of net migration data for the year ending June 2023, which will be published this Thursday (23rd), and will see sustained levels well above Brexit-era levels.
Net immigration, which reflects the difference between people entering and leaving the UK, peaked at 637,000 in the year to September 2022, but has since fallen in the year to December 2022, decreased to 606,000.
This decline is thought to be due to an increase in immigration, including the return of international students and a decrease in the influx of Ukrainian refugees and Hong Kongers.
Experts believe the number could be around 500,000, higher than the 226,000 in 2019 and in line with the 2019 manifesto to reduce overall net migration. This far exceeds the government’s promise. This growth is driven by an influx of more than 1.4 million migrants a year, most from outside the EU, coming to the UK to work, study or flee conflict or repression.
Efforts to curb net immigration have been advocated by figures within the government, including Robert Jenrick, the immigration secretary, and Suella Braverman, before she was sacked as home secretary.
Mr Jenrick expressed concern in an interview last week that the government’s failure to reduce net immigration amounted to a “betrayal” of the British people.
Ministers have consistently urged businesses to prioritize training and hiring British workers rather than relying on foreign staff.
Jenrick highlighted three decades of high levels of net immigration and the public’s desire to control immigration. He criticized politicians for failing to introduce the immigration system that was expected.
He emphasised that following the UK’s exit from the European Union, control over migration was regained. He said, “But then we went on to betray the promise by failing to establish a system which significantly reduced levels of migration.” Urgent and comprehensive reform of the migration system was stressed as necessary by Jenrick.
Currently under consideration is a potential ministerial agreement to increase the pay scale for skilled workers to an average wage of around £33,000. Details of limits on the number of foreign carers, currently 120,000 a year, and restrictions on immigrants bringing family members to the UK are still unclear.
Rishi Sunak reportedly opposes further restrictions on international students. He particularly opposed the introduction of further restrictions beyond the ban on graduate students and research-oriented graduate students from being accompanied by relatives.
This reluctance is due to concerns that it will discourage talented people who can contribute to economic growth. Earlier this year, a report by the New Conservative Group, made up of right-wing Tory MPs, advocated raising the salary threshold for skilled workers to £38,000, an adjustment that would reduce the number of immigrants by 54,000 a year. He argued that there is a possibility that the number of people will decrease.
The University of Oxford Migration Observatory stressed that the criteria were not adjusted for inflation. If ministers had adjusted it to reflect wage increases, it would now be around £30,000. The report suggests that private companies will primarily face the impact of salary increases.
However, questions have been raised about the reduction in salary limits for nursing staff in particular, as they are classified as shortage occupations.
Barrister Shuvagata Dey, Managing Partner of Lexpert Solicitors LLP in London, told Daily Dazzling Dawn on Monday evening, If the minimum income for all work visas in Britain is increased to more than thirty thousand, it will be bit difficult, especially for Bangladeshi workers and restaurant owner employers.