NRIs flay pay limit for UK settlement
A leading campaign group espousing the cause of Indian and other non-EU professionals has strongly opposed the proposal to introduce a salary threshold for migrants who wish to settle in the UK permanently after working here for five years.
Immigration minister Damian Green yesterday announced that for the first time, the link between the number of years a migrant spends in the country and permanent settlement was proposed to be broken with the requirement that they can settle only if they earn at least 35,000 pounds annually.
“Settlement in the UK should not be a right of the wealthy few. It is high time that these morally bankrupt politicians stopped preaching lessons on morality and human rights to the developing countries and turned its attention on the migrants who come to UK by ensuring them a fair and a reasonable chance of making a home in the UK irrespective of their class of earnings,” the HSMP Forum said in a statement.
Until now, permanent settlement was automatic: if a migrant spends five years in the UK in an immigration route that leads to settlement, and has not committed major criminal offences, permanent settlement was granted, irrespective of the salary level.
The new measure is scheduled to take effect from 2016 and is likely to reduce the number of Indian and other non-EU migrants granted permanent from 60,000 to 20,000 every year.
The salary threshold would mean that many teachers, nurses and others from outside the EU would need to leave the UK after working for five years because they cannot meet the 35,000 pounds annual salary threshold.