Groups representing skilled professionals and students from India have expressed growing concerns over the UK government’s recent visa crackdown, particularly the ban on family dependents.
From the ban on family dependents to heightened salary thresholds, discover the uncertainties surrounding health and care visas, skilled worker routes, and the impact on international students.
UK Visa Crackdown
Indian professionals and students have reacted with worry to the UK government’s latest visa reforms, highlighting several points of concern and potential negative consequences. The new plan, introduced by Home Secretary James Cleverly, includes:
Increased minimum salary threshold for Skilled Worker visas: From GBP 26,200 to GBP 38,700, potentially impacting Indian IT, engineering, and research professionals.
Ban on family dependents for care workers: Raising concerns about unfairness and hindering quality care service delivery.
Clarity needed for Health and Care visa: Uncertainty surrounds whether Indian doctors and nurses will be exempt from the increased salary requirement and the Immigration Health Surcharge hike.
Review of Graduate route visa: Potential changes could discourage Indian students and negatively impact UK universities.
Concerns from Various Groups
British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO): Warns of withdrawing support for the NHS if the new rules restrict family rights for doctors and nurses.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI): Cautions about the increased salary threshold for skilled workers, potentially driving them to other economies.
National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK: Calls for clarity on the Graduate route visa and urges engagement with Indian students.
Indian National Students’ Association (INSA) UK: Highlights unfair targeting of Indian students and emphasizes their importance to UK universities.
Loss of skilled professionals: Increased salary requirements and restrictions on family rights may deter Indian talent, hindering the UK’s economic growth and innovation.
Reduced student enrollment: Restrictions on dependents and uncertainty surrounding post-study options could discourage Indian students from choosing the UK.
Impact on healthcare: Limiting family rights for care workers could exacerbate staffing shortages and compromise care quality.
Future of the UK Visa System
The government’s goal of significantly reducing net migration is prompting anxiety among Indian professionals and students. They urge the government to address concerns and ensure clarity regarding the revised visa policies to avoid unintended consequences for both individuals and the UK economy.
As the Sunak-led Conservative government aims to reduce immigration statistics, these visa changes have triggered apprehensions and calls for clarity from Indian professionals and students.
The impact on healthcare, skilled professionals, and the academic community remains a subject of intense scrutiny, with stakeholders urging the UK government to consider the potential consequences on innovation, economic growth, and bilateral relations with India.