Any idea what the Tories plan to do to reduce non-eu migration? The tories said they were keeping the same cap on skilled/working migration, so unfortunately I can only imagine more difficulties for those applying to be/remain with family?
I don't think I would expect a raise in the financial requirement. The introduction of a financial requirement in 2012 for family visas caused an enormous amount of anti-British sentiment, especially among UK citizens with foreign spouses. There are families with kids currently being kept apart - Very bad media for the sake of curbing Non-EU immigration. So the Tories are probably going to focus more on restrictions for work visa holders and preventing immigration fraud. Not sure about the reintroduction of a points-based system; it's a possibility but unlikely any time soon. This is just my opinion, though.
It is quite possible 'Priority Fees' will increase and standard applications slip lower down the processing ladder, thereby encouraging more to pay for Priority. Could even be a tiered Priority system?
But since the challenge to the financial requirement was dismissed in the Court of Appeal, the government may start to raise the minimum income requirement in line with inflation, which since 2012 has been around 4% over the last 3 years. So £18,600 can become £19,300. Since other amounts are routinely raised, such as graduate-level pay in points-based system, there doesn't seem justification in keeping it pegged back at 2012 level.