The UK Immigration Minister has outlined some of his future plans in a major policy speech.
Changes to be implemented in the new few months will include further changes to family migration and reforms to settlement, breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration
The changes to family migration are expected to include much tougher provisions on sponsoring overseas spouses to settle in the UK. A minimum income figure for the UK sponsor is likely to be introduced.
Furthermore, the government plans to implement a much longer probationary period before spouse visa holders can become permanent residents. This may be increased from 2 to 5 years.