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New Visa proposal of UK has been opposed by Indian Professionals

Recently UK has announced a new proposal under which the salary of the professionals who wish to settle in UK permanently would be very high. This has been opposed by a leading association that supports the cause of Indian and non –EU professionals. [caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Visa proposal of UK"]Visa proposal of UK[/caption] Increasing the threshold as suggested by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) will disqualify many of Indian and non-EU professionals working here for permanent settlement in the country, which is called the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). The most recent report of the MAC stated, “To ensure greater differentiation in the selection decision, we suggest implementing a minimum annual pay threshold. This could reasonably be between 31,000 pounds and 49,000 pounds per year.” The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme  (HSMP) Forum, which successfully challenged home office’s immigration decisions in the past, has criticized the recommendation and said, “ whole idea of introducing such an income criteria is a blatant mockery of the system.” After working for five years and representing persistent service in UK, the Indian and other non –EU professionals can apply for ILR. If Home Office acknowledges the MAC proposal, it will specify that those make an annual salary below 49,000 pounds or the final agreed figure will not be able to apply for the ILR. David Metcalf, MAC Chairman has stated that a number of exemptions should be brought in the public sector jobs “which will contribute to the future economic growth.” Amit Kapadia Executive Director of HSPM Forum said: “This is nothing but victimization of migrants and after letting them stay on for five years and profiting from their taxes, the government cannot impose a new criteria to evict them from the country after they have invested their time and earnings into building a life in the UK, and contributed towards the UK economy.” He said that bringing in the income criterion will only create nore problems and insecurity for the “already troubled migrants, who are hanging to their stability by a thread due to constant immigration changes.” Kapadia said: “We vehemently oppose these changes. The government is constantly victimizing migrants and treating them like a punching bag to score their political points. A migrant who is good to come here, pay taxes and contribute to the UK economy, is the best and the brightest and should not be forced out from the UK when she seeks settlement. “

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