Nigerians, from next month, non-EU migrants in the UK earning less than £35,000 will be deported.
The new Home Office policy, which comes into force on April 6, applies to all overseas workers who have been in the UK for five years on a Tier 2 visa.
If they can’t prove that they’re earning more than £35,000, they will be denied settlement and will face deportation.
Teachers, IT professionals and journalists could all be badly affected.
A petition launched at the beginning of the year called for the threshold to be reconsidered – it gathered more than 100,000 signatures and was debated in parliament last week.
So what’s actually changing?
To settle in the UK as a skilled worker, non-EU migrants need to have a Tier 2 visa. For this you need:
-An offer for a job in the UK that pays at least £20,800
-Have had at least £945 in your bank account for 90 days
-A certificate of sponsorship from your employer (which can cost between £536 and £1,476)