Some expat New Zealanders earning a lower income in the United Kingdom could be captured by a rule change which will lead to deportation for people earning below an income threshold.Beginning in April non-EU migrants will be kicked out of the country after five years if they cannot show they are earning more than 35,000 ($77,400).
The rule change was expected to affect 40,000 people and would have the greatest impact on teachers – nurses – charity workers and students.
New Zealand-based job brokers and recruiters were uncertain at this stage how significant the policy’s impact on Kiwi expats would be.
‘It could be an issue’ said Veritas Education Treatment resourcing manager Pete Carter – who finds teaching jobs for Kiwis in the UK.
Teachers in the UK usually started on around 25,000 and their income could rise to around 36,000.
There was no certainty that a teacher’s pay would rise above the new threshold within five years – Mr Carter said.