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UK Raises Family Visa Income Requirement by 55% to Manage Migration


The United Kingdom has increased the minimum income requirement for sponsoring family members on family visas, tightening immigration criteria. The government has announced new salary thresholds, requiring applicants to have a minimum annual salary of GBP 29,000 (British Pounds) to qualify. This represents a significant 55% increase from the previous threshold of GBP 18,600.

The adjustment, part of the Rishi Sunak government’s plan to align the family visa salary threshold with that of the Skilled Worker visa, took effect on April 11.

According to the UK Home Office, the sponsoring family member, or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work, must now have an income of at least GBP 29,000 earned in the UK. This requirement can be met through various means, including savings, either exclusively or in addition to a lower income.

The Home Office stated that this move represents the final measure in Prime Minister Sunak’s strategy to decrease legal migration and ensure that newcomers do not become a burden on taxpayers.

Home Secretary James Cleverly emphasized that the higher salary requirement aims to establish a future-ready immigration system. “I promised action, and we have delivered swiftly. We have acted to reduce unsustainable migration numbers, protect British workers and their wages, ensure that those bringing family to the UK do not rely on taxpayer support, and create an immigration system that is fit for the future and inspires confidence among the public,” Cleverly said, as reported by news agency PTI.

The government’s decision to tighten immigration policy follows official data revealing that legal net migration to Britain reached a record high of 745,000 in 2022.

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