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It’s election year in the UK, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak led Conservative and Unionist party is set to take major steps towards its election campaign. This month (April) is set to see the first major round of restrictions and restructuring of the UK immigration system, which had otherwise been granting migrant, student , visitor and dependant visas at an all time high allocation record of 1.4 million visas till last year.

The Sunak government has had reducing immigrant migration as one of its major agendas, but has not yet been able to implement any effective policies towards the same. This is expected to change this year where as a part of its aim to reduce the inward migration by 300,000, the Tories are set to increase the salary threshold for skilled worker visas from £26,200 to £38,700.

This is aimed towards chopping down the various middle income roles that previously qualified for British work visas like those of chefs and retail managers, quite popular with Indian workers. The employers will no longer be able to meet the salary demands for these jobs, leading to them withdrawing roles from the international job market or rushing to fill the vacancies before the rise takes effect.

While higher income jobs like those in computer technology, and science are expected to remain unaffected, it is quite evident that this policy change is bound to hurt the plans of various foreign nationals, including Indians who already have or are planning to apply for a migrant or dependant visa to the UK. But there is high anticipation for this move to hit home with the British voters, who have often vocalised their concerns about over-migration of foreign nationals to the UK in the past.