Thursday, February 22, 2024

Osbourne Pinner Responds to Enhanced Skilled Worker and Spouse Visa Regulations”

Osbourne Pinner, a prominent law firm based in London, has provided its insights on the new, more rigorous visa rules designed to decrease migration to the UK. The firm, acclaimed for assisting over 1000 businesses in recruiting international employees with its highly successful Skilled Worker Visa and Sponsor Licence service, boasts a 100% success rate in Sponsor Licence applications and is acknowledged as a leader in this legal area in London.

In response to Home Secretary James Cleverly’s announcement of several initiatives to control immigration, including the increase of the minimum salary threshold for foreign skilled workers to £38,700 from £26,200, excluding the healthcare sector, Osbourne Pinner has expressed its views.

Richard Young, Senior Immigration Solicitor at Osbourne Pinner, remarked: “These new regulations are going to have a significant impact on UK businesses seeking to recruit skilled workers from overseas. The raised minimum salary is a large jump and will mean that some UK companies can no longer afford to recruit workers from overseas. We strongly advise companies who are looking to recruit foreign skilled workers to enlist the support of a legal expert to establish what effect the new regulations will have on the process.”

The firm estimates that the new measures may reduce yearly migration by 300,000, complicating the recruitment of overseas workers for companies and the process of obtaining skilled worker visas for the workers. Successful sponsor licence applications are essential for firms to employ skilled candidates from outside the UK and EEA under the Skilled Worker rule for Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas.

Adding further, Richard Young said: “Anyone seeking to employ overseas workers should be mindful of the record-keeping, reporting and monitoring that is required by the Home Office to ensure that your company complies with the regulations. We can assist with this, but an in-house HR team is highly beneficial. Since the legislation changed in April 2023 to the points-based immigration system, the legalities around recruiting overseas workers now has added complexity. The updated regulations will add further complications to the process, so having legal aid to guide you through the process is strongly recommended. Time will tell as to what the impact the new rules will have, but our team has a 100% success rate in this field so we will be able to assist companies as they navigate the regulations and understand what is now required of them to ensure compliance.”

Furthermore, the new ruling raises the minimum income requirement for a spouse or family visa from £18,600 to £38,700, posing challenges for UK citizens wishing to bring their foreign-born spouses to the UK.

Yee Han, Senior Associate at Osbourne Pinner, mentioned: “The raised salary requirement for a spouse visa will mean that some UK citizens will be unable to bring their spouse to live with them, unless they are able to get a higher-paid job that meets the £38,700 threshold. We are working with clients on the changes to check their eligibility. Even prior to these new regulations being introduced, obtaining a partner visa can be a complicated and long process. It is essential to consider your circumstances carefully and seek professional advice before applying for a spouse visa in the UK. Applying for a visa may be time-consuming. If you make mistakes in your application, you risk delays, rejection, or even being denied entry to the UK. Our team can assist you in avoiding these mistakes and improving your chances of having your application accepted.”

Osbourne Pinner is offering complimentary consultations for those affected by the new migration policies, with booking options available on the firm’s website.

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