UK Tightens Visa Rules To Curb Immigration Impacting foreign Care Workers & Students

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The UK Home Office has introduced new regulations that prevent foreign care workers—among whom are many Indians—from bringing dependent family members into the country. The purpose of these regulations is to curb visa misuse and unsustainable migration numbers. The modifications, which take effect right away, are a part of a larger plan to lower net migration, safeguard British workers, and guarantee a just and moral immigration policy.

Last year, 1,20,000 dependants accompanied 1,00,000 workers on the care visa route, prompting the UK Home Office to label the situation as “disproportionate.” Home Secretary James Cleverly emphasized the need for action to combat abuse and manipulation of the immigration system, stating, “Our plan is robust but fair, protecting British workers while ensuring the very best international talent can work and study here.”

The new rules also mandate care providers in England, serving as sponsors for migrants, to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the industry regulator for Health and Social Care. This measure aims to crack down on worker exploitation and abuse within the sector, aligning with the government’s commitment to fostering a more ethical and sustainable approach to social care needs.

Minister for Social Care Helen Whately supported the changes, stating, “International care workers make an invaluable contribution, but international recruitment and more immigration are not long-term solutions. Our reforms will grow the domestic workforce and build on our success over the last year, with more people working in social care, fewer vacancies, and lower staff turnover.”

The UK government highlighted evidence of care workers being offered visas under false pretenses, travelling great distances for non-existent jobs or wages below the minimum required. The new measures include raising the salary threshold for skilled workers and eliminating the 20% discount for migrant workers in shortage occupations, aiming to prevent the undercutting of British workers.

As part of a broader package, the Home Office estimates that around 3,00,000 people who were eligible to come to the UK last year will no longer be able to do so. Additionally, a review of the Graduate Route for international students has been commissioned to prevent abuse, protect the quality of UK higher education, and attract the best and brightest to the country.

The Graduate Route, established last year, has granted a total of 1,75,872 visas, with Indian nationals representing the largest group at 43%. The review follows recent changes to student visas, effective from the start of January, which ended the ability of almost all post-graduate students to bring dependents to the UK.

Starting April 4, the minimum salary for those arriving on the Skilled Worker visa will increase from GBP 26,200 to GBP 38,700, marking a 48% rise. Additionally, the minimum income requirement for family visas will see an increase from GBP 29,000 on April 11, reaching GBP 38,700 by early 2025.

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