"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Families being torn apart by migration rules that set an income threshold for spouse's visa application.


'Like countless other parents across the country in recent days, Guy Bailey had prepared his son Vincent for his first day of school. As they left the house, he took a photograph of him proudly dressed in his new school uniform. Yet despite being happily married,  this snapshot will be the only memory his wife, Vincent’s mother, will have of the occasion.

'The Baileys are just one of  thousands of British families who have had their lives torn apart by  changes to family migration rules brought into force last July, which insist on a minimum £18,600 salary for anyone sponsoring a visa for a non-EU spouse.

'The rules will be argued over once more in Parliament today as Andrew Percy becomes the fourth Conservative MP to speak out against the income threshold, with an adjournment debate examining the law. In July the High Court described them as “onerous” and “unjustified” but stopped short of forcing a change, while a report from The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration stated they were “tearing British families apart”...

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