Immigration Changes Coming in 2024

The U.K. Government has announced the dates for a number of changes to visas and immigration legislation which are set to come into force in the first half of 2024.

The changes are set out below:

Date Visa Type Changes
6th February 2024 Immigration Health Surcharge The lower rate surcharge will rise from £470 to £776 per year for visa applicants under the age of 18, students, their dependants and applicants applying for the Youth Mobility scheme visa.
11th March 2024 Health and Care visas The right for care and senior care workers to bring dependents into the country will be removed.
4th April 2024 Skilled Worker visas The minimum salary to sponsor skilled workers will rise from £26,200 to £38,700.

Health and care visas are not included. This change also does not apply to workers in national pay scale occupations e.g. teachers.

4th April 2024 (unconfirmed date) Shortage Occupation List The 20% going rate on the Shortage Occupation List will be removed.

New occupations will be temporarily added to the new immigration salary list as per the recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee.

6th April 2024 Sponsor Licences All licences expiring on or after the 6th April 2024 will be automatically renewed for 10 years.

If your licence expires before the 6th April, you will be subject to a licence renewal fee depending on whether you are a small, medium or large business.

11th April Family visas The minimum income requirement for spouse/partner visas will rise from £18,600 to £29,000.


Got any questions about the new immigration changes?

Get in touch with our immigration team today for enquiries on these changes, for information on managing Sponsor Licences and more: