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I believe this is for nurses only. Not sure yet. This is still unfair to non eu immigrants. In Uk pay scale is different depends where you live. Not everyone will be on 35k salary even if they go throught the bands as a nurse. It will be a chaos.
 

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I can't see how it will affect anyone working towards ILR as it's talking about 6 years time.
The nurses have been highlighted as being part of a problem, however putting them on the occupation shortage list would overcome that.
 

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The rule will affect any non-EEA worker who isn't in shortage occupation who wishes to apply for settlement after 5 years. So it will affect those who are working towards settlement as workers on Tier 2 General (most other points-based system visas like intra-company transfer don't generally lead to settlement). It won't affect those on spouse/partner visa who can still apply for settlement after 5 years, provided they meet the £18,600 financial requirement.
This isn't news. It was announced way back in 2012 for implementation from 6th April 2016.
 

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On the current shortage list, only specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units.
 

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Immigrants 'have to earn £35,000' to settle - from 2016

Immigrants 'have to earn £35,000' to settle - from 2016 - BBC News

Migrant workers will need to earn at least £35,000 to qualify for settlement in the UK, says the Home Office.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the change - from April 2016 - would help cut the number of non-Europeans and their dependants granted settlement each year from 60,000 to 20,000.
 

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Could someone with more knowledge than me please clarify if this £35,000 threshold is just for migrant workers to settle, or if it is for all settlement? Does it not affect settlement for those on spouse visas as these are spouse visas which enable us to work, but not issued purely as work visas?
 

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Could someone with more knowledge than me please clarify if this £35,000 threshold is just for migrant workers to settle, or if it is for all settlement? Does it not affect settlement for those on spouse visas as these are spouse visas which enable us to work, but not issued purely as work visas?
As Joppa explained above, this new rule applies to Tier 2 migrant workers and not to non EU spouses who still need to meet the current financial requirement of £18,600 a year.
 

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It was originally announced in 2012 for a start date in 2016, and the government is just reconfirming the arrangement. Only for those on work visa such as Tier 2 General. Trying to cut immigration by restricting those who are on work visa to gain ILR.
 

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Well this may all apply to spouses of British citizens. I am here as an EEA family member and as far as I know this changes nothing since EEA citizens and their families are exercising existing rights (and I am way above the threshold anyway).

One Home Office minister is already on record admitting all these rules are unfair on British citizens and their families, which tells you all what you need to know about these dreadful rules.
 

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It will only apply to those on employment visa at the moment, but if the government decides to raise financial requirement for family member, then higher income threshold for ILR is possible.

Government knows EU rules discriminate against UK citizens in favour of other EEA citizens, and it's one of the areas they wish to renegotiate if UK is to remain part of EU. Whether they succeed or not is another matter.
 

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This only affects migrants on work visas, not spouse/family visas. Tier 2 migrants are an easy target in the effort to cull net migration.
 

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It won't affect you so don't worry.

There are massive debates over here regarding the above but due to over migration its the easiest way to cut the numbers. The UK is becoming over populated with migrants so I guess this is the way they are going to cut numbers.

Personally I don't think its the NON-EU migrants who should be affected as I think its the EU citizens who are the main traffic of non UK residents over here.
 

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Well it is confusing, because it is says "Non-EU migrants who have spent more than five years working in the country will be required to earn £35,000 per year", but it doesn't say under which status of visa.

I have a spouse visa with work permit, of course after 5 year I will be in that category...It is so confused.

Thanks for reply!
 

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For the last time, the rule will only affect those on specific employment visa such as Tier 2 General. Those who are here on family route, as spouse/partner, will be unaffected. I am closing this thread.
 
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