The UK is set to undergo significant immigration changes in 2024, following the announcement of a comprehensive five-point plan by Home Secretary James Cleverly on December 4, 2023. Minister of State for Legal Migration and the Border, Tom Pursglove, recently confirmed the formal implementation dates for these changes in a statement on 30 January 2023. In this post, we’ll outline the important dates and details of the upcoming immigration changes.
IHS Fee Increase – Effective from 6 February 2024
Starting from 06 February 2024, an increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee will apply to all applications submitted on or after this date.
Ban on Care Worker Dependents – Enforced from 11 March 2024
Care workers arriving after 11 March 2024, will no longer be permitted to bring their immediate family members as dependents on their visa. The rules will ensure that care providers in England will only be able to sponsor migrant workers if they are undertaking activities regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Shortage Occupation List Changes – April 2024
In April 2024, recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) rapid review of the Shortage Occupation List will be implemented. This includes the removal of the 20% going rate discount for shortage occupations and the temporary addition of any occupations recommended by the MAC.
Skilled Worker Visa Minimum Salary Increase – Effective 4 April 2024
As of 04 April 2024, the minimum salary for Skilled Worker visas will see an increase, with the minimum threshold rising by 48% from £26,200 to £38,700, excluding the Health & Care Worker route.
Spouse/Partner Visa Minimum Salary Increases – Phased Changes
First-time applicants will be subject to the new threshold from the following dates:
- Initial increase to £29,000 – From 11 April 2024.
- Subsequent increase to around £34,500 – Expected later in 2024.
- Final uplift to around £38,700 – Anticipated by early 2025.
How we can help
It’s essential to note that none of the changes had been implemented as of the time of writing, but the Home Office aims to execute them according to the outlined schedule.
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