The new £35,000 Salary Threshold and what it means for Immigration

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Immigration law is constantly changing, and here at We Talk Law, we want to help you keep up to date with all the latest changes, and how they affect you. The latest change is the new salary threshold for non-EU migrants on a Tier 2 Visa, which will affect hundreds of thousands of workers in the UK when it comes into effect on the 6th of April.

What are the new rules?

Non European migrants who have lived in the UK for more than five years will now have to prove they earn a salary of at least £35,000 to stay in the country. Those who unfortunately don’t meet this new threshold will be denied settlement and possibly face deportation, with a notice period as short as a month.

Why has the threshold changed?

As part of the government’s new initiative to reduce the number of unskilled migrants, the new threshold is designed to make it harder for low-earning migrants to stay in the UK on a long-term basis. The current threshold stands at £20,800 – around £5,000 less than the average UK salary.

Why is the new threshold a problem?

The new threshold is almost £10,000 higher than the average UK salary, which means the threshold would be difficult to reach for most people in the UK, whether they are migrants or not

Raising the threshold means that skilled yet low to medium-earning workers who are not from the UK, such as teachers, nurses, IT professionals, marketing managers, startup entrepreneurs and people who work in charities could face deportation. This will leave the UK desperately short of skilled and necessary workers at a time when it needs as many workers as possible. The only jobs that are exempt from this new threshold are the ones of the Shortage Occupation List.

The government has recognised this on some level. This is why the government has temporarily exempted nurses from the new threshold over fears that the NHS could be left short of workers. However this exemption will only last while nurses are on the Shortage Occupation List. Once removed from the list, non-EU nurses will have to meet the threshold.

Will the £35,000 threshold affect you?

This new threshold will only affect you if:

  • you’re a non-EU migrant to the UK on a Tier 2 Visa
  • your annual salary is less than £35,000
  • you’ve lived in the UK for five years
  • you are not a nurse

If you’re an EU migrant then this new threshold will not affect you.

What can you do about the threshold?

If you’re a non-EU migrant and want legal advice on what to do, you can also call our expert solicitors on 0203 002 4898 or send us a message via [email protected]. We’re open 7 days a week and you can get all the advice you need for just £68.

We Talk Law specialises in all areas of UK Immigration Law and have helped dozens of clients with issues such as deportation, asylum and UK Visas. If you want to know your rights, then give us a call.

In the meantime, you can also sign the petition that has been set up by a Mr Harbord that calls for the government to scrap the new £35,000 threshold for non-EU citizens. If it reaches 100,000 signatures it will be debated by MPs, but it only needs 10,000 to receive a response from the government. You can sign it here if you want your say.

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