Recently published research has suggested that nearly half of all British employees within the UK are unable to live with their spouse from outside the UK, as a result of anti-immigration laws.
The laws, introduced by the Home Secretary in 2012, mean that anyone earning less than £18,600 per year are unable to apply for either spousal visas or family visas; meaning that many UK citizens are prevent from living with their loved ones.
A spousal visa, which is also known as a marriage visa, allows people married to British citizens to enter the country in order to live with their partner; whilst a family visa is similar although it applies to dependant relatives such as children.
An impact assessment conducted by the Home Office, suggested that just under 18,000 family visas would be affected by the laws; however, according to estimates, as a result of the laws, 47 percent of British employees are unable to live with their loved ones, due to not earning enough to meet the threshold.
The research has also suggested that those living in the North-West, South-West and Wales reportedly most likely to be affected.
Whilst the research has suggested a vast number of people are being affected by anti-immigration laws, for those who are having problems with their visa, whether it be obtaining a visa, renewing their visa or any other issues, our experienced team of immigration solicitors are able to assist.
For over 20 years we have been working within immigration law, covering a number of immigration, visa and asylum matters – meaning whatever issues you are facing, we are ideally placed to offer honest, impartial and tailored legal advice.
To find out how we can assist you, contact our immigration solicitors in London today.