Strengthening Immigration Measures: UK Government Intensifies Control

 On December 4, 2023, the UK Home Secretary announced several immigration measures, including restrictions on students who bring dependants to the UK and ensuring migrants contribute to public services.  The UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, added on his Twitter account that the UK is also “stopping immigration undercutting British workers.”

Regarding restrictions on students, the press release noted that effective January 2024, international students cannot bring dependants unless they are on postgraduate research courses.  International students will also be unable to switch onto work routes before their studies are completed.

Regarding migrants’ impact on public services, the press release said: “The government will make sure that migrants coming to the UK make a fair financial contribution so that public services, including the NHS, are not taken advantage of by increasing the annual Immigration Health Surcharge from £624 to £1,035.”

The press release added: “The government will increase the earning threshold for overseas workers by nearly 50% from its current position of £26,200 to £38,700, encouraging businesses to look to British talent first and invest in their workforce, helping us to deter employers from over-relying on migration, whilst bringing salaries in line with the average full-time salary for these types of jobs.”

According to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, these measures are because “The level of net migration is too high”, and the new plan will “curb the abuse of our visa system.”

Source: Loop News

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