"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.

Friday 25 October 2013

Refusing entry to the UK as a visitor


Via Migrants' Rights Network.

Many UK sponsors who earn below £18,600 are now reporting that their non-European partners are being refused entry to the UK as a visitor. Has your family had experience of this? If so, please help us by filling out a short survey.

We are seeing a worrying trend among families affected by the £18,600 minimum income requirement, who are already facing long periods of separation from their loved ones.

As if the rules themselves weren't bad enough, many are now reporting that their non-European partners are also being refused entry to the UK as a visitor.

One such example is David's. Earlier this year, David Hook stood up in a Parliamentary hearing to tell MPs how he had been kept apart from his Canadian partner, Dee as a result of the income requirement. Three days ago, Dee arrived at Heathrow to visit David in the UK, but the authorities refused to believe that she was a genuine visitor.

Dee was held in Colnbrook detention centre before she was removed back to Canada. David said: "I'm angry, angry that UKBA can decide that even though they admit Dee's done nothing wrong, that they can still refuse her entry."

We think that this is appalling treatment of families who have already been hit hard by the new rules. The Home Office must be stopped from attacking families who want nothing more than to see their loved ones.

We are putting together an urgent dossier on this issue to circulate among interested MPs and peers, and we need your help. If you or your family member have refused entry to the UK as a visitor in the past 18 months, please take 5 minutes to tell us about it.

Complete the survey!


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