UK government reduces salary threshold for partner visas

16 Jan 2024, 31 mins ago

Explore the UK’s recent reduction in partner visa salary thresholds, delving into policy shifts, reactions and implications for families.

In a notable policy adjustment, the UK government has scaled back its earlier decision to hike the minimum salary requirement for British nationals aiming to bring foreign family members into the UK. Originally set to rise to a hefty £38,700, the revised figure now stands at £29,000. This decision comes amidst widespread criticism and concerns regarding the potential separation of families due to the stringent financial criteria.

Whilst the £29,000 mark remains notably above the average UK working salary, it is considerably more attainable than the previously proposed threshold. The government has indicated that this figure will be adjusted incrementally, though specific timelines remain unspecified.

This policy change has been met with mixed reactions. Campaign groups, such as Reunite Families, have expressed disappointment, arguing that even the revised threshold remains a substantial barrier for many families. The government maintains that these measures are essential to manage migration levels effectively and prioritise the nation’s economic interests.

If you have a family visa or plan to renew it, there’s good news. The Home Office says they will still use the old income rules for current visa holders, giving some relief from the changing policies.

This development underscores the balance policymakers strive to achieve between managing immigration and safeguarding family unity. As always, staying informed and seeking professional guidance is crucial for navigating these evolving regulations.

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