New UK visa rules hit hardNew UK visa rules hit hardUK Home Secretary James CleverlyWallace

Herald Reporter

THE United Kingdom’s Home Office has implemented new visa rules that ban overseas care workers and most overseas students from bringing dependant family members to the country.

The measures were put in place on Monday, with the UK Home Office saying there was a “disproportionate” situation where 120 000 dependants accompanied 100 000 workers on the care visa route last year.

These measures are set to affect Zimbabweans who are already in the UK and those who are planning on going with their families.

Migration trends have been increasing in recent years as the world increasingly becomes one global village.

As part of a wider package of restrictions, the Home Office, which is the UK government’s department for immigration and passports, estimates that 300 000 people who were eligible to come to the UK last year will no longer be able to do so following the implementation of the restrictive measures.

“From today, care workers entering the UK on Health and Care Worker visas can no longer bring dependants. This is part of our plan to deliver the biggest ever cut in migration,” said the Home Office.

The UK’s Home Secretary James Cleverly said the 120 000 immigrants who entered the country last year would not be eligible under the new rules.

“We are delivering on our plan for the biggest-ever cut in migration. Overseas care workers brought an estimated 120 000 dependants to the UK in the year ending September 23,” said the UK Home Secretary.

UK Minister for Social Care Helen Whately added: “These rules provide a more ethical and sustainable approach”.

In addition, from April 4, the minimum salary required for those arriving on the Skilled Worker visa will increase from £26 200 to £38 700, signalling a 48 percent increase. The minimum income requirement for family visas will also subsequently rise, starting at £29 000 from April 11 and by next year this will be increased to £38 700.

The 20 percent salary discounts that were being offered for shortage occupations will also be scrapped next month.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


It’s All Smiles at Murambinda Schools

…as President Mnangagwa’s inclusive policy bears fruits The 15th Cabinet session received a detailed report from Vice President Colonel (Retired) K.C.D. Mohadi, Chairperson of the Cabinet Committee on State Occasions and National Monuments, on the successful hosting of the 2024 Children’s Party and the 44th Independence Day Celebrations. The report highlighted significant progress aligned with […]

Read More

IMF Welcomes ZiG

Zimbabwe’s new gold-backed currency, the ZiG, has been welcomed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an important step. The IMF will visit Zimbabwe next month to review the ZiG, which was launched last month. The IMF’s support is a positive sign for Zimbabwe. It sees the ZiG as a key move towards economic recovery […]

Read More

Celebrating African Unity and Zimbabwe’s Contributions to Liberation and Progress

Zimbabwe is joining the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Day, which marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, now the African Union. This year’s Africa Day theme is “Educate an African fit for the 21st century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality and […]

Read More