Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: The United Kingdom has announced stricter rules for foreigners seeking to settle in the country after conducting a review of the existing immigration policy.
Immigration Minister Damian Green announced that the proposed changes will mean that migrant workers coming to the UK on a Tier 2 (skilled worker) visa will no longer be able to settle in the UK based solely on the amount of time they have spent in the country.
They will have to earn more than the government-set minimum pay, the British Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement today.
The new policy has been introduced aiming only the brightest and the best workers, who strengthen the UK economy, stay permanently, reads the statement.
“The new rules will break the link between coming to the UK to work and staying forever, said the statement.
“Exceptionally talented people, investors and entrepreneurs will continue to have the option to stay in the UK,” it read.
Now, skilled temporary workers, who want to apply for residency in UK, have to earn at least £35,000 per month.
However, skilled workers in demand in the UK and scientists and researchers will be exempt from the salary threshold.
According to the statement, continuity will be given to the direct route to settlement for investors, entrepreneurs and exceptionally talented migrants under Tier 1.
Similarly, the best Tier 2 migrants have to meet a minimum salary threshold of £35,000.