North West Migrants Forum

Home Office publishes details of plans to cut net migration

THE Home Office has published further details of its plans to cut net migration across the UK.

The British Home Secretary announced proposals on Monday with further details now available.

A new fact sheet includes important clarifications for those currently in the UK on routes that will be subject to change, in particular relating to:

  • Carers and senior carers
  • Salary thresholds
  • Immigration Salary List
  • Family migration minimum income
  • Graduate route review

The fact sheet is available here: Net migration measures – further detail.

It is important to note, until the immigration rules are amended, current thresholds and policies remain in place.

Also Monday past, January 1, restrictions to student visa routes, first announced in May 2023, came into effect.

International students starting courses this month will no longer be able to bring family members on all but postgraduate research courses and courses with government-funded scholarships.

Further details can be found here: Tough government action on student visas comes into effect.

Finally, on December 7 last year, the Home Office laid a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, which included:

  • Changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • Changes to the Visitor Rules
  • Changes to travel document requirements for school groups visiting the UK from France
  • Changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme
  • Introduction of new Appendix Bereaved Partner
  • Introduction of new Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse
  • Introduction of new Appendix Statelessness
  • Minor Changes to Temporary Work routes
  • Changes to Appendix Innovator Founder
  • Changes to Appendix Children
  • Changes to Part 5 – Working in the UK; and
  • Other minor changes.

A detailed explanation of these changes can be found in the Explanatory Memorandum here: Explanatory Memorandum