Navigating the Latest Immigration Changes: A Comprehensive Overview

By 6th December 2023 No Comments
James Cleverly MP

James Cleverly


Recent immigration rules announcement by Home Secretary James Cleverly.

In a recent immigration rules announcement, Home Secretary James Cleverly revealed a series of new visa directions. He has designed these to reshape the immigration landscape in the United Kingdom. As immigration services solicitors, we stay informed about these changes to provide our clients with accurate guidance and assistance in navigating the evolving legal landscape. Taylor Hampton’s report below offers the key points::

Reduction in Migration

One of the headline statements from Cleverly was the potential impact of the new rules on reducing migration to the UK. According to the Home Secretary, if Government had implemented  these rules in the previous year, the UK would witness a significant reduction of 300,000 individuals. As immigration professionals, it becomes imperative for us to understand the intricacies of these rules and their potential implications on our clients’ cases.

Skilled Worker Visa Salary Increase

A major facet of the announced changes is the substantial increase in the salary threshold for obtaining a skilled worker visa. Now, the threshold is set to rise to £38,700, representing a nearly 50% increase from the current level of just over £26,000. This adjustment, therefore, could have a profound impact on both employers seeking skilled foreign workers and the individuals aspiring to work in the UK. We play a crucial role to guide clients through the updated financial requirements and assess the eligibility of their applications against the new threshold.

Exemptions for Health and Social Care Visas

While the salary requirements are increasing for most skilled workers, there is a notable exception for those in health and social care. For instance, applicants for health and social care visas will be exempt from the higher salary threshold. This exemption also acknowledges the critical role played by professionals. Particularly, in these sectors, immigration solicitors should be well-versed in the specific criteria and application processes for these exemptions.

Restrictions on Dependents for Overseas Care Workers

Another significant change involves overseas care workers. In fact, they will no longer be allowed to bring dependents, including partners and children. This alteration could have personal and familial implications for those considering employment in the UK. Consequently, we are prepared to provide advice on the potential challenges and explore alternative avenues for family reunification.

Changes to Shortage Occupation List

Occupations listed on the shortage occupation list, allowing individuals to come to the UK on lower wages, are being reduced. This modification may impact various industries and their ability to source talent globally. As immigration solicitors, we are well-versed in the amended list, providing clients with accurate information about the implications for their specific occupations.

Net Migration Context

Explaining these changes, Cleverly highlighted that the net migration figure for 2022 stands at 745,000. This statistic underscores the government’s commitment to managing migration levels. Furthermore it sets the stage for understanding the motivation behind the reforms.

In conclusion, the latest immigration news in the UK reflects a concerted effort by the government to reshape migration patterns. Also, to control the flow of individuals entering the country. In response, as Immigration solicitors we respond and adapt to these changes, staying informed on the intricacies of the new rules. Additionally, providing clients with up-to-date, accurate advice to navigate the evolving immigration landscape successfully.

For more information contact Leena Chouhan, our Head of Immigration on the following number: 0207 427 5972