Everything you need to know about the upcoming immigration changes in April 2024

18 Mar 2024, 10 mins ago

As we have seen over the past few months, there are a number of changes happening in UK immigration law. This blog will summarise the changes we can expect to see in April 2024.

On 4 April 2024, the minimum salaries for sponsored worker visas will be increased to £38,700.00. This is an uplift of nearly 50% from £26,200.00. The new minimum threshold will not apply to anyone who already holds a sponsored worker visa at the date of implementation, even if they change employers, apply to extend their permission or for settlement under this route.

On the same date, the current 20% discount applied to the minimum salary for individuals on the Shortage Occupation List (“SOL”) will be scrapped. This list will be replaced by a new ‘Immigration Salary List’ with a reduced number of qualifying roles, which we expect to be brought down even further once the Migration Advisory Committee conducts a full review of the SOL in due course.

If you are an employer offering sponsorship for roles below the £38,700.00 threshold, we recommend fast-tracking the recruitment process before the threshold increases, in order to take advantage of the current situation. In addition, we advise to review your current employees’ statuses if they hold temporary leave, such as Student, Graduate, Youth Mobility, High Potential Individual or Global Business Mobility visas, if their salaries will remain under the new threshold, and you intend to continue employing them long-term.

On 11 April 2024, we can expect the financial threshold for family visas to increase from £18,600.00 to £29,000.00. This raise is introduced to encourage settled persons and British citizens to bring dependents to the UK only if they are able to financially support them without recourse to public funds. This threshold will eventually be increased further, to £38,700.00, but this will be done incrementally. Later this year, the threshold is expected to go up to £34,500.00 and in early 2025 – to £38,700.00.

How Gherson can assist

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