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Care visa holders exempted from salary threshold increases

Health and Care visa holders will be exempted from the increase to the salary threshold for Skilled Worker visas announced by the Home Office as part of a package of new immigration controls.

However, future Health and Care visa holders will no longer be able to bring their dependants to the UK. In addition, care providers in England will now only be able to sponsor migrant workers if they are undertaking activities regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

In response to the announcement, Care England CEO Professor Martin Green said: “If the government now wants to move away from international recruitment as the solution to fixing the social care workforce crisis, it must act swiftly and invest in improving the pay and conditions to drive domestic recruitment.”

Over the past year, the care sector has seen a reduction of 53,000 domestic workers and an increase of 70,000 people from overseas starting in care-providing roles in the adult social care sector, according to Care England.

The Home Office adds that in the year ending September 2023, an estimated 120,000 visas granted to associated dependants, the majority of whom are considered not to work.

  • Additional controls include:
    From next spring, an increase the earning threshold for overseas workers by nearly 50 per cent from its current position of £26,200 to £38,700
  • Increase the minimum income required for British citizens and those settled in the UK who want their family members to join them
  • Implement a new Immigration Salary List, which will retain a general threshold discount, ending the 20 per cent going rate salary discount for shortage occupations.

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