Wage thresholds and bringing family to UK to be reviewed under Labour

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If Labour wins the general election later this year, it has promised to review the new regulations pertaining to visas for foreign workers.

Labour stated on Tuesday that the Migration Advisory Committee would be asked to look into the effects of raising wage requirements and prohibiting workers from bringing dependents into the UK.

On March 11, regulations prohibiting care providers from bringing their families to the UK went into effect. Additionally, starting in April, foreign workers’ minimum wages will increase dramatically.

With the new restrictions, the government intends to reduce record numbers of migration.

Opponents, however, contend that the regulations will burden families and result in a labour scarcity, especially in the care and hospitality industries.

Labour shadow minister Chris Bryant on Monday confirmed the party would not reverse the ban on foreign students bringing dependents to the UK, but could not say whether it would continue the restrictions for health and care workers.

“I don’t know what the Labour Party position on that is,” he told the BBC. “I’m not going to make it up.”

He added: “If the danger is we end up having nobody able to do social care or any of the other professions that we desperately need in the UK then that’s going to have to be a problem that we will have to return to.”
On Tuesday Labour said it would ask the Migration Advisory Committee to review the new rules for care workers and salary thresholds and make a decision based on its findings.

A spokesman for shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the party had “supported the restrictions on dependents for post graduate students on short courses” and “will always look at the evidence and take a sensible approach”.

“We would like to see a full assessment from the Migration Advisory Committee on the details,” they added.

The party also called for a “proper” social care workforce plan, including a Fair Pay Agreement.

Labour has previously supported an increase in the general salary threshold for foreign staff following warnings about the exploitation of lower paid migration.

Sadiq Khan is among the senior Labour politicians who have criticised the government’s new visa rules branding them “economic own goal”.

He said: “Pulling up the drawbridge on thousands of foreign workers and their families is the latest example of the Government pursuing damaging economic policies in order to look tough on immigration. “Migrants are critical to London and the nation’s economy and public services.”

An increase to the salary required for those arriving on a Skilled Worker Visa, from £26,200 to £38,700, will start from April 4.

The minimum income threshold for those bringing dependents to the UK on family visas will go up in stages starting on April 11. From this date workers will need to be earning at least £29,000-a-year to bring a family member from abroad – up from £18,600.

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