UK rule: In­di­ans paid less than £35,000 a year face de­por­ta­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­sun Son­walkar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LON­DON: Nearly 40,000 In­dian and other non-EU pro­fes­sion­als face de­por­ta­tion from the UK along with their fam­i­lies un­less they earn a min­i­mum of £35,000 a year in their jobs, when a new rule in­tended to re­duce the num­ber of for­eign work­ers and en­cour­age lo­cal em­ploy­ment comes into ef­fect on April 6.

The rule, an­nounced in 2012, af­fects those who came to Bri­tain in 2011 and later. Pre­vi­ously, In­dian and other non-EU pro­fes­sion­als could stay per­ma­nently af­ter five years of con­tin­u­ous em­ploy­ment; there was no sal- ary thresh­old. The rule sev­ers the link be­tween five years of work and per­ma­nent res­i­dency.

The rule would have af­fected over 1,200 In­dian nurses work­ing in the Na­tional Health Ser­vice, whose an­nual salaries do not rise to £35,000 over five years, but they were given a re­prieve in Oc­to­ber when faced with a health cri­sis nurs­ing was moved to the “short­age oc­cu­pa­tion list”.

Mum­bai-ori­gin Sh­we­tal Shah, 21, who came to Scot­land as a stu­dent in 2013, vol­un­teered and worked in the char­ity sec­tor, or­gan­ised a TEDx event, and now works as a con­sul­tant for a Lon­don­based IT com­pany, is one of many In­di­ans af­fected by the new rule.

“None of my class­mates got a job here. I was lucky enough to get the visa but my luck stops here be­cause my com­pany, like many SMEs who spon­sor in­ter­na­tional tal­ent, are too small to pay £ 35,000,” she told Hin­dus­tan Times.

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