New U.K. visa policy to affect non-EU nationals

The move will likely affect a large number of Indian IT professionals.

In a crackdown to curb its soaring immigration figures, United Kingdom government has announced changes to its visa policy for non-European Union nationals, which will affect a large number of Indians, especially IT professionals.

Under the new visa rules announced last evening by the UK Home Office, anyone applying after November 24 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of £30,000 from the earlier £20,800.

The ICT route is largely used by Indian IT companies in Britain and the U.K.’s Migration Advisory Committee had found earlier this year that Indian IT workers accounted for nearly 90 per cent of visas issued under this route.

The changes come just days before British Prime Minister Theresa May lands in India on Sunday for her three-day visit. — PTI

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