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Timeline for Key Amendments to UK’s Immigration Rules

Published 22 July 2024

In 2024, the UK’s immigration rules are undergoing significant changes aimed at reducing net migration.

We’ve broken these down into an easy-to-understand timeline:

January 2024

January 1st 2024: UK Student Visa rules changed, restricting dependents for international students.

January 31st 2024: Visitor rules expanded, remote work allowed and new visitor routes introduced.

February 2024

February 1st 2024: Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) opens for select countries.

February 6th 2024: Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) increases by 66%.

February 13th 2024: Fines for illegal working triple under the new Civil Penalty regime.

March 2024

March 11th 2024: Care workers can’t bring dependents, care homes require CQC regulation for Health and Care Worker Visas.

March 14th 2024: New Statement of Changes replaces Shortage Occupation List (SOL) with Immigration Salary List.

April 2024

April 4th 2024: Skilled Worker visa minimum salary threshold increases to £38,700.

April 6th 2024: Renewal requirement for Sponsor Licences removed.

April 11th 2024: Minimum income requirement for Appendix FM partner applications increases to £29,000.

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