Thousands sign petition agains

Thousands sign petition against stringent new UK minimum earning threshold

A new petition is trying to stop South Africans and other non-EU citizens from being deported from the UK if they do not earn above £35,000 per year.

Thousands sign petition agains

Nearly 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for the UK’s Home Office to reconsider the new minimum earning threshold for non-EU citizens who have been working in the UK for five years.

Migrants may be denied settlement and face deportation if they cannot prove that they earn at least £35,000 per year.

This new threshold is nearly £15,000 more than the current threshold of £20,800 which was considered approximately £5,000 less than the average UK salary.

The Home Office announced that the new threshold will come into effect from April.

An online petition on the UK parliament website against this “unreasonably high threshold” has gained over 68,000 signatures.

If the petition reaches 100,00 signatures before July, it will be considered for debate in parliament.

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The petition creator, Joshua Harbord, states that this “ridiculous measure” will “drive more workers from the NHS and people from their families”.

It continues: “This empty gesture will barely affect the immigration statistics. It’s a waste of time, money and lives.

“This is the first time the UK has discriminated against low-earners. £35k is an unreasonably high threshold. The UK will lose thousands of skilled workers.”

Those most affected by the new threshold are likely to be nurses, students, aid workers and those in low-pay positions.

Harbord suggests that this new measure will only affect 40,000 non-EU citizens who have already been living and working in the UK for five years.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, approximately 191,000 South Africans were resident in the UK in 2011.

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