UK Immigration Law Firm Urges Employers to Prepare for Rule Changes.

UK Immigration Law Firm Urges Employers to Prepare for Rule Changes

Nottingham-based OTB Legal, a leading immigration law firm in the UK, has issued a crucial update regarding recent immigration rule adjustments announced by the Government.

The updates encompass various aspects affecting both individuals and businesses, reflecting the Government’s commitment to implementing significant reforms aimed at reducing net migration and preventing abuse of the immigration system.

Key changes to the partner route include:

Increasing the minimum income requirement for partner immigration applications from £18,600 to £29,000 for applications submitted from April 11, 2024 (with the savings-only threshold rising from £62,500 to £88,500)
Allowing successful applicants under the current financial requirements before April 11, 2024, to rely on the lower income thresholds for subsequent applications
Providing avenues for those unable to meet the minimum income requirement to cite exceptional circumstances, particularly if refusal would violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, safeguarding the right to family and private life
Additionally, a series of updates in Business Immigration have been outlined, including:

Phasing out the shortage occupation list and introducing a new Immigration Salary List
Eliminating the 20% salary discount for shortage occupation roles
Raising the minimum salary threshold for skilled worker visas to £38,700
Adjusting the ‘going rate’ for various other occupations
Exempting roles under ‘national pay scales’ such as NHS workers and teachers from salary increases, along with health and social care roles
Sally McEwen, Director of Business Immigration at OTB Legal, emphasized the significance of these reforms, stating, “This government announcement marks the most extensive overhaul of UK work routes since Brexit. Businesses need to take proactive steps to assess potential applications and secure a certificate of sponsorship before April 4, 2024.”

McEwen further highlighted potential processing delays, urging business owners to seek appropriate guidance promptly to avoid complications down the line.


Source: thebusinessdesk