Major Changes to Legal Migration Announced

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 11 December 2023
Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP
Issues covered: Immigration, Skilled Worker, Legal Migration

Home Secretary, James Cleverly, has revealed the government’s plans to reduce legal net migration, including major changes to skilled worker visa salary thresholds and a curb on migrant workers bringing their dependants to the UK.

Some of the significant changes coming in 2024 include:

  • The minimum salary threshold for Skilled Worker visas will increase by more than a third, rising from £26,200 to £38,700. For context, the current median average salary of a full-time UK worker is £34,963.
  • The minimum income thresholds for family visas will also increase to £38,700 as the government looks to curb the increase in family-related visas. Over 75,000 were granted in the year to June 2023.

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    This article is correct at 11/12/2023

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    Rob Tubman
    A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP

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