Migrant worker visa threshold to rise under migration curbs

To reduce migration, the government is anticipated to increase the minimum wage prerequisite for foreign labourers to qualify for a work visa.

A minimum wage requirement is projected to surpass the £26,200 skilled worker visa level.

Visa restrictions for healthcare professionals and the number of dependents that migrants are permitted to transport to the United Kingdom are also expected.

Additional requirements for certain student visas are foreseen.

Ministers have been under pressure to take action on lawful migration since last week’s data revealed that net migration reached an all-time high of 745 thousand.

Later, Home Secretary James Cleverly is expected to make an announcement in the House of Commons regarding the new measures.

While the official confirmation of the new minimum salary has not yet occurred, rumours have circulated that it may exceed £35,000.

Additionally, rumours have circulated that the government may reconsider the occupations that permit the employment of foreign labourers at wages below the minimum wage threshold.

At this time, foreign workers are permitted to cover positions on the shortage occupation list for remuneration 20% less than the official “going rate” or a reduced salary cap of £20,960.

Migration advisers to the government have suggested eliminating the 20% rule. Labour has also vowed to stop it, arguing that it hinders British workers’ training and equitable compensation.

Positioning in the care sector

Despite a pledge to do so during the 2019 Conservative election, migration levels have increased since Brexit. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to reduce them.

His spokesman informed reporters on Monday that migration was excessive. The spokesman also mentioned that “changes…introduced over successive years” had been subject to “abuse” regarding specific measures.

However, the most recent statistics indicate that ministers will face a formidable challenge. The challenge is in reducing migration in the health sector, which has become increasingly dependent on foreign labour.

According to the statistics, 143,990 health and care worker visas were issued in the year leading up to September. This number is double the figure given the year prior.

Eighty-three thousand seventy-two of these visas were granted to home and care workers and care workers. This sector is experiencing staffing shortages, and providers have opposed restrictions on hiring foreign personnel.

As previously stated by the government’s migration advisers, the personnel crisis is primarily caused by “persistent underfunding” of local councils. These councils fund most adult social care.

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