UK Immigration Crackdown: Restrictions on Family Relocation for Most Foreign Students

The UK government is preparing to take stringent measures in response to immigration concerns, as reported exclusively by The Sun. According to the report, most foreign students will be barred from bringing their families to Britain. However, No.10 has rejected the Home Office’s proposal to raise the salary threshold for foreign workers from £26,000 to £33,000.

This move comes as official figures, expected to be released on Thursday, show a significant surge in net migration, reaching 1 million. The rising numbers have prompted growing concern among Conservative MPs, leading them to call on Rishi Sunak to take action.

Ministers are now rushing to announce the immigration clampdown, aiming to do so on Tuesday or Wednesday in an effort to preempt the concerning statistics. Under these measures, all master’s students and many other postgraduates will be affected by the ban on bringing their families to the UK.

However, it is worth noting that the ban will not apply to PhD students, who are typically highly skilled and pursue longer courses lasting between 3 and 5 years. Despite support from Home Secretary Suella Braverman and her deputy Robert Jenrick for lifting the salary threshold, their recommendations were overruled due to opposition from the Treasury.

Currently, foreign workers are required to meet a £26,000 salary threshold to relocate to Britain. The Home Office had proposed raising this threshold to £33,000 to align it with the average wage of workers in the country. Nevertheless, this proposal was not accepted.

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