LONDON: Indian professionals are making a last-ditch effort to appeal to the UK government over a new 35,000 pounds salary threshold requirement which comes into effect from Wednesday.

Thousands of Indian and other nationals from outside the European Union (EU) living and working in Britain on a Tier 2 visa may have to leave the country or be deported if they earn less than 35,000 pounds a year once the terms of the visa expire.

Earlier, a Tier-2 visa holder could apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK with an annual income of around 21,000 pounds. The new rule comes into effect on April 6 and is likely to affect thousands of Indian skilled professionals.

“This is the country I did my Masters in. Fell in love with the place. Got my first job. Got married and started a family here. Have a job I love. What more could I ask? If I have to leave then it will be devastating. Have to leave friends, a company I love, a place I love,” said Abhijit, an advertising operations manager.

He is one of many Indians who have joined the ‘Stop 35K’ campaign group against what they believe are discriminatory changes to the criteria for non-EU nationals applying for “Indefinite Leave to Remain” (ILR) in the UK at the end of a five-year period of living and working in the UK.

Source: Thousands of Indian professionals in UK face uncertain future over new visa rules – Times of India