The Government of the United Kingdom UK recently announced a hike in the minimum salary for family visas, known as dependent visas. They retreated on plans to increase the earnings threshold Britons need to bring foreign family members to live in the UK to £38,700 ($49,075). Lord Sharpe, a Home Office minister, decided that the Government would only raise the threshold to £29,000 next spring from its current level of £18,600. Instead of implementing the direct hike, the Government decided to raise the minimum wage requirement of family visas. Now, the people who want to bring their loved ones to the need to earn £18,600, but Home Secretary James Cleverly raised this to £38,700 as part of a package of measures to curb legal migration.
Not only this, Mr Sharpe gives a permit that the current threshold of £18,600 allows 75% of the UK working population to bring their foreign family members into the country to live. He said increasing the threshold to £38,700 would limit the same right to 30 percent of the working population. In the coming spring of 2024, the threshold would go higher to £29,000, then later £34,500, then £38,700. But the Government hasn’t announced the exact date. Increasing the threshold incrementally would “give predictability.”