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UK Immigration Changes in April 2024

As we step into April 2024, significant adjustments are set to reshape the landscape of UK immigration rules. From alterations in Skilled Worker visa thresholds to the abolition of Sponsor Licence renewals, these changes hold implications for individuals, businesses, and families navigating the immigration process. To give you a quick overview, we've summarised the changes below. The key changes include:

  • April 4th - Increase in skilled worker minimum salary threshold

  • April 6th - Sponsor Licence Renewals Abolished

  • April 11th - Increase in Minimum Income Requirement for Family Visas

Increase in Skilled Worker Minimum Salary Threshold

Effective April 4, 2024, the minimum salary threshold for the Skilled Worker visa will see a substantial increase, rising from £26,200 to £38,700 annually. Moreover, individual occupation 'going rate' thresholds will escalate in tandem with the median full-time wage for comparable positions in 2023.

While existing Skilled Worker visa holders won't be immediately subject to the new threshold when changing employment, extending their stay, or settling in the UK, the Home Office expects their pay to align with resident workers' rates upon subsequent applications.

Notably, individuals entering via the Health and Care Visa route and education workers in national pay-scale occupations will be exempt from the £38,700 salary threshold applicable to Skilled Workers.

Sponsor Licence Renewals to be Abolished

In a move aimed at streamlining administrative processes, the Home Office has announced the abolition of Sponsor Licence renewals starting April 6, 2024. Previously, Sponsor Licences were valid for four years, requiring license holders to submit paid renewal applications to extend their validity.

However, from April 6, 2024, Sponsor Licence holders will no longer be obligated to undergo renewal applications or pay renewal fees. Instead, all sponsor licences set to expire on or after this date will automatically receive a 10-year extension, simplifying compliance procedures for sponsors.

Increase in Minimum Income Requirement for Family Visas

Come April 11, 2024, partners applying under Appendix FM will face an augmented minimum income requirement, escalating from £18,600 to £29,000. This adjustment, to come into effect via a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, aims to redefine the financial criteria for family-based immigration.

Individuals already on the five-year partner route prior to the minimum income requirement's increase on April 11, 2024, will continue to be assessed against the existing £18,600 threshold when extending their stay or settling in the UK. Similarly, those applying for a partner visa on the five-year partner route before the new threshold takes effect will have their applications evaluated based on the current income requirement.

Are you affected by any of the Immigration Rule changes?

In the midst of these upcoming changes to UK immigration rules, we understand that individuals, businesses, and families may have concerns or require expert guidance to navigate the evolving landscape effectively.

If you find yourself in need of immigration support or have questions regarding these alterations, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalised assistance and ensuring a smooth transition through these regulatory shifts. Your peace of mind and successful immigration journey are our top priorities. Contact us today to explore how we can support you through these changes and beyond.


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