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