UK Immigration Minister Agrees Spouse Visa Requirements are ‘Unacceptable’

This week, Security and Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has agreed with many British citizens who argue that UK Immigration Rules are tough on spouses. British nationals who wish to bring their non-EU spouses to the UK must meet a number of requirements, however, it is the financial requirement threshold of £18,600 that the majority of British nationals fail to meet.

UK Immigration Rules ‘Unfair’ on Non-EU Spouses

In July 2012 Theresa May implemented a new maintenance funds requirement, which was introduced for British nationals who want to bring their non-EU spouses to the UK.  We have reported a number of stories highlighting issues families face due to the fact that their British counter-parts fall short of the financial requirement.

Home Affairs Committee chairman, Keith Vaz has admitted the current Immigration Rules are ‘unfair’ towards non-EU spouses. This is partly due to the fact that the financial and English language requirements do not apply to spouses of EU nationals under the same circumstances.

“Two people living in identical houses next to each other – one who happens to be British born or a person with indefinite leave tried to bring someone from India, they have got to show their £18,600. However, the next door neighbour who comes from Slovakia, who has settled in Leicester, and who wants to bring her spouse in, doesn’t have to show that income. That’s unfair isn’t it?”

Immigration Minister, Mr Brokenshire agreed with Mr Vaz, stating that it is “something that needs to be addressed.” The Home Office official statistics also reflect the difficulty of obtaining a UK Spouse visa. In the year ending June 2014, the number of Spouse visas granted fell from 20,491 to 17,717.

Immigration Advice for UK Spouse Visa

Our expert Solicitors at LexLaw has a 100% success rate in UK Spouse visa applications and treats each case individually, providing detailed assessments to our clients. Our detailed consultations are to ensure that you are eligible to make a Spouse visa application. If you are found not to be eligible, our Immigration Lawyers will explore your other visa options.

As noted above, in order to bring your non-EU spouse to the UK you must earn an annual income of £18,600 or have the specified savings as shown in Appendix FM. Furthermore, if you have one child dependent you have to show an additional  £3,800  and an extra  £2,400 for each additional child after that.

Our city of London solicitors will guide you through the financial, language and relationship requirements in accordance with the UK Immigration Rules. Making the process as easy as possible and working hard to get a successful result.

Are you Eligible for a UK Spouse Visa under the Immigration Rules?

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to go through the Home Office’s requirements with you. As well as, the process of making a visa application to the UK step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.

Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.

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