"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.

Monday 9 June 2014

Migrants' Rights Network: £18,600 income requirement: pricing UK workers out of a family life


MRN: '... A few weeks ago, we were contacted by a lady called Margaret, who lives in South Wales. Margaret has worked for the past decade as a legal secretary for a private solicitors firm, earning £13,500 a year. However, her salary is not considered adequate in order to sponsor her Tunisian husband to enter the UK, and so they are living apart for the foreseeable future...

'...  Margaret is not the only person whose earnings are too low to meet the rules and be with her husband. 47% of the working population are reportedly unable to sponsor a loved one, on the basis of their earnings. Because £18,600 is considerably higher than the national minimum wage (approximately £13,200 per annum at a full time rate), some people, like Margaret, are in full-time employment and still fail to meet the rules.

'But, crucially, where you live and work in the UK is a significant determiner of your ability to live with a foreign partner. New research by MRN, released today, shows that being able to live with your non-EU spouse is now essentially subject to a postcode lottery.'

Full report: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/files/publications/MRN_Family-Migration_Briefing-June_2014.pdf


  1. Can you tell me when high caurt judgement wil come on income thershold ?

    1. The High Court has already given its decision, which was back in July of last year. Right now, we are awaiting a reserved decision from the UK Court of Appeal, and as of yesterday, there has been no hearing scheduled. We can anticipate a full judgment, at the latest, in the next two months. You can check the daily court listings at justice.gov.uk and when it is scheduled, it will be under the case name The Queen on the Application of MM (Lebanon) vs. Secretary of State for the Home Department.