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Britain tightens visa regulations (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Visa Regulations)

The British government’s tightens its immigration regime that will impact the Indian workers, were announced earlier this year on the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent public body that advises the U.K. government.

Changes impacting a number of areas includes:

1. Salary thresholds for those on a Tier 2 visa: In order to be sponsored, experienced workers will need to earn a salary of at least £25,000 a year in all professions barring a few (nurses, radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in maths, sciences, and Mandarin will be exempt until July 2019). The salary threshold is set to rise to £30,000 by April next year.

The government is also increasing the minimum salary for short-term staff using the intra company transfer route — used by companies including Indian IT firms to bring key personnel from abroad — to £30,000, and closing the ICT skills transfer sub-category.The minimum salary for a Tier 2 migrant had been £20,800.

2. English language requirements for family members of non-EU immigrants: The government will also require partners and parents of immigrants applying to extend their stay after 2.5 years to meet certain English language requirements.

Implications:
1.    It is a non-tariff barrier to one of India’s most significant exports — the IT industry.
2.    It will further adversely laid its impact on the remittances from UK.
 



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