Non-EU Migrant Sponsor Rules Keeping Families Apart

Earlier this month, it was reported that a minimum income requirement for non-European Union migrants was unfair, and was keeping families apart.

Under rules introduced in July 2012, only British citizens with a minimum salary of £18,600 a year, for the past six months, are able to sponsor their non-European Union spouses visas; and this figure rises to £22,400 for families with one child, and then by £2,400 for every subsequent child.

However, it has been reported that the minimum requirement, which was imposed to limit the number of non-European Union migrants entering the UK, is keeping families apart.

According to statistics based on the current thresholds, 60 percent of women and 30 percent of men, in employment in the UK would not qualify to sponsor a non-European Union spouse’s visa.

Meanwhile, proposals by Theresa May to increase visa fees have been described as “unacceptable” by business groups.

Under Theresa May’s proposals, a four percent increase on visa fees would be implemented, a move which would hit overseas students who currently pay £80 when applying for a six month visa to the UK.

As immigration solicitors in London, at Howe+Co, we understand the difficulties faced by migrants when applying for visas – both student and business – for the UK; which is why we are on hand to help.

Our immigration solicitors undertake the full range of publicly funded and privately funded immigration work, and our team of in-house advocates and solicitors, have a high success rate on our immigration appeal.

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