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Critics Oppose Government’s new Immigration Rules

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The new immigration rules proposed by Theresa May have been called “ludicrous” and “simplistic measure” during a Parliamentary debate scrutinising the divisive change to immigration rules.

During the debate, Theresa May outlined her proposal to reduce the number of skilled workers coming to the UK, including the introduction of a £35,000 pay threshold for skilled migrant workers.

The criticism of the proposal comes following an online petition which resulted in 100,000 signatures against the proposed legislation. The move could lead to thousands of workers having to leave the UK if they fail to meet the criteria outlined in the proposals, including the salary cap. While some expressed concern for how the move would affect nurses and other skilled workers in the UK, under the proposals, those in Shortage Occupations will be exempt from the threshold. Nurses have been provisionally placed on the Shortage Occupation list, pending review by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

Proposed Skilled Migrant Rule

Under the new rules, skilled workers from outside of the EU will be deported after five years if they fail to show they are earning more than £35,000. The rules will also see them require a sponsor to work, pay a surcharge for the NHS and to pay a substantial fee to have their visa extended. This comes despite the fact that the proposed cap on skilled migrants has rarely been hit and a growing number of skilled shortages.

The Stop35k campaign who set up the initial campaign against the introduction of the policy said: “We urge the Government to reconsider the implementation next month, and give the MAC an opportunity to complete a thorough assessment of suitable pay thresholds across jobs and geography in the UK.

 “We will continue to campaign to have the policy re-evaluated and ultimately changed, so it delivers a fairer deal to Tier 2 migrants and the UK as a whole."

Despite the criticism of the policy, it remains to be seen whether the policy will be scrapped or if it will go ahead. The legislation is expected to be introduced in the upcoming months.

Skilled Worker Visas: Contact Skilled Migration

As more initiatives are introduced to try and reduce the number of skilled migrants coming into the country, it can be exceptionally difficult to obtain the correct paperwork to work and live in the UK. Our team of experts can offer you the best advice and representation in obtaining a Tier 2 visa, challenging a decision and use their experience and knowledge to aid you in settling in the UK. If you require legal representation or advice regarding any aspect of settlement in the UK, or if you are an employer looking to hire from outside of the EU, contact our expert team today using our online contact form.

Skilled Migration brings together over 65 years of collective experience in UK immigration law and combines cutting edge legal expertise with a commercially minded, practical approach to immigration problem solving. Three of Skilled Migration’s barristers are recognised by the leading independent guides to the legal profession (Chambers UK and the Legal 500) as experts in the field and regularly train other specialist immigration lawyers keeping them up to date on the latest legal arguments and developments.

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