Hempsons has reminded care homes of some key dates regarding immigration changes:
From 11 March 2024:
- health and care worker visa holders will be unable to bring dependents with them if they come to work in the UK: For individuals on other visas wishing to sponsor dependents to join them in the UK, the minimum income threshold is increasing in stages from £18,600 to £29,000, to ultimately around £38,700, which will come into effect from April 2024.
- care homes will have to be regulated by the CQC if they want to be able to sponsor skilled workers: migrant workers undertaking activities that are regulated by the CQC will be able to be sponsored to these activities by care providers in England.
April 2024: Immigration salary list to replace shortage occupation list: rules are “not retrospective”
Care home managers are reminded that the minimum salary increase for skilled worker visa holders does not apply to care homes. This takes effect from 4 April 2024.