According to the India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman India has conveyed its concerns to the UK authorities concerning the new British immigration law that will impact professionals earning below 35,000 pounds annually. Commerce and industry minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman said,
"Met with Minister of Immigration, UK (James Brokenshire) to raise India's concerns on UK visa fee hike for Indian techies," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
According to the new rule that will come into effect from April, professionals living and working in Britain on a Tier-2 visa who earn below 35,000 pounds annually, can at the end of five years of their stay in the country, be deported.
Given that of the 55,589 Tier-2 sponsored visa applications cleared in 2014-15, around 80% were for Indians, thus thousands may be affected by the new law. In fact over the years Indian professionals have formed the largest category of individuals issued such visas by the UK. However, the exact figure of the Indians affected by the salary threshold requirements remains uncertain but it is estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000 workers will be impacted.
Visa is issued on the basis of a “certificate of sponsorship” issued to UK-based firms to hire such professionals from outside the EU and allows them a maximum stay of six years.
The Indian Commerce Minister said that India has also taken up similar issues concerning visa rules of the US government at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “We have challenged (the US) in the WTO... we have challenged one, so the principle applies for anybody else,” Sitharaman said.