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‘I am not welcome’: MPs say visa changes will hinder academics

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Parliament told of problems caused by immigration reform to researchers

UK research will be “undermined” if the government continues with plans to put the minimum income requirement for access to spousal visas up to £38,700, MPs have been told.

The government is set to increase the joint income threshold for couples applying for a UK partner visa to £38,700 by early 2025, bringing it in line with the skilled worker visa. But Scottish National Party MP Alison Thewliss told a Commons debate this week that this would cause huge problems in recruiting early career researchers.

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