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Boris Johnson Considers Removing the £30,000 Salary Threshold for Foreign Workers


Boris Johnson is going to remove the £30,000 salary threshold for workers entering the UK after Brexit. This step would be part of the general overhaul of the immigration system. Under Theresa May as Home Secretary, high-skilled workers from outside the EU were required to earn that minimum in order to qualify. For college grads, the minimum requirement was £20,800.


Last year, the government appointed the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the thresholds as they could hold back skilled specialists in the crucial sectors of the British economy.


According to The Times, the Home Office will give up the stringent requirement in line with the new Australian-style points-based system that considers the applicant’s finances along with other vital factors: qualifications, experience, English skills and more.


Some Conservative MPs have already voiced their concerns about ‘ditching the £30,000 threshold’. The Prime Minister's official spokesperson said the issue wasn’t on the immediate agenda, yet the MAC was encharged with a corresponding investigation and report.


The Migration Advisory Committee’s report is due next week. It should clarify how the new immigration system would work. In March, we’re expecting an immigration white paper unravelling the new system that will come into force after the post-Brexit transition period.


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