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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

UK Government Raise in the Minimum Income Requirements for Family Visas and Skilled Workers


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By Emmanuel Kwesiga

Here’s what’s new!

Firstly, effective April 18, 2024, the UK government introduced new elevated salary requirements for family visa sponsors. Consequently, these adjustments have upscaled the financial barrier that sponsors need to go over comfortably to show their ability to ably take care of their family members all without resorting to public assistance.

These increases match the UK government’s current strategy in which these figures will continually get increased to be at the same level as the Skilled worker visa salary requirement by very early next year of about GBP 38,7000.

Who will feel the pinch and how?

These new advancements and changes in the family visa income requirements are stipulated to affect close to 300,000 people who migrated into the UK last year.

These policy changes predominantly will affect the people applying for spouse visas, applying for or renewing child visas as well as all the other available family-dependent immigration channels.

Applicants employed in low-average-salary sectors or even regions are to be heavily impacted by these new rules.

What to do?

Anticipation is key and armed with knowledge on how to properly navigate the new set of changes, people will be able to plan better and set themselves up for success even in these times.

As with many things, proper planning is key and preparation for the affected lot of people will entail a few of the following.

Looking out for and harnessing new income streams and opportunities to supplement the incomes flowing in.

Reaching out to immigration consultants and experts for personal plans and advice on your family-specific scenario.

Seeking out a multitude of sponsorships from various family members could also put one ahead.

Adopting efficient saving plans.

In the wake of these new changes, families looking to reunite in the UK ought to keenly observe and keep up with the trends and latest information regarding immigration, adopt quickly to new strategies while proactively seeking out expert guidance from Immigration specialists in the UK. With these few nuggets, families will be able to maneuver critical changes such as this one.

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