Immigration updates dated 03/14/2024

Family itinerary (visas for spouses, parents 2024g

1. The new requirements for family visas, effective April 11, 2024, will bring with them significant changes.

The minimum annual income for spouse and parent visa applications increases from £18,600 to £29,000.

– The previous rules remain in place for those who have already started the family reunification process, including those who have obtained fiancée or fiancé visas.

– The formula for calculating required savings will remain the same, but the required savings amount is expected to increase in line with the increase in minimum income.

– In addition, a minimum annual income of £29,000 has been set regardless of the number of children, which differs from the previous rules where the required minimum depended on the number of dependents.

– For those who do not meet the new salary requirements, there will be an alternative opportunity to be considered for the long track of 10 years.

2. Cases of domestic violence:

An important change in the law was the inclusion of domestic violence victims registered with EUSS in the category of persons receiving a DMV after filing a domestic violence report.

In addition, unmarried partners are also included, provided their relationship began before 11:00 p.m. on 12/31/2020.

Changes in work visas

– The work visa changes set to come into effect on April 4, 2024 herald a host of changes, key among them being an increase in the minimum annual salary from £26,200 to £38,700. This change will significantly affect the requirements for candidates and companies seeking specialists from abroad.

– The list of professions with shortages, which previously defined special requirements for candidates, is being replaced by the Immigration salary list, which means a revision of the criteria for the admission of foreign workers.

– An increase in “Going rates” is also expected due to the new rules. These rates play an important role in determining the pay grade for a particular position.

– In addition, standard salary requirements increase for health and care professionals and those whose rates are determined by the national pay scale.

– Despite the increase in minimum payment thresholds, existing benefits for degree holders and newcomers will remain in place.

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