As an immigration consultancy, Holmes and Partners is dedicated to helping people navigate the complex UK immigration system. The Home Office has recently confirmed several updates to the UK’s immigration rules in spring 2023, which may have an impact on those seeking to immigrate to the UK. In this blog post, we will summarise the key changes that may affect you and provide advice on how to navigate the new rules.
Changes to the Skilled Worker route: If you are planning to apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you should be aware that the minimum salary threshold will increase from £25,600 to £26,500. Additionally, the minimum general education requirement will be raised from A-levels to bachelor’s degrees. This means that you will need to earn a higher salary and have a higher level of education to be eligible for this visa.
New Graduate route: If you are an international student who has completed a degree in the UK, you may be eligible for the new Graduate route. This route will allow you to stay and work in the UK for two years (three years for PhD graduates) without needing a job offer. To qualify, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or above from a UK university and have a valid Student visa.
Changes to the Start-up and Innovator routes: If you are an entrepreneur looking to start a business in the UK, you should be aware that the requirement for endorsing bodies to be a UK higher education institution or a business organisation has been removed. This means that a wider range of organisations can now endorse you for the Start-up or Innovator route.
Changes to the Global Talent route: If you are a highly skilled individual in your field, you may be eligible for the Global Talent route. The rules for this route will be updated to allow applicants to qualify if they have won prestigious prizes or awards in their field.
Changes to the Family route: If you are planning to bring adult dependent relatives to the UK, you should be aware that the Family route will be updated to allow them to apply for a visa if they have lived with you for at least two years in their home country.
It’s important to note that these changes are subject to parliamentary approval and may be subject to further amendments. As an immigration consultancy, Holmes and Partners can help you navigate the new rules and ensure that your application is up-to-date with the latest rules and regulations. We have a team of experienced immigration consultants who can provide tailored advice based on your specific circumstances. Contact us today to discuss your immigration needs.