'In 2013, three (unrelated) families took the Home Office to court over the impact of the financial requirements within the Rules. The hearing in High Court was in February 2013 with the judgment coming out on 5 July 2013. The hearing was on the impact of the rules on citizens, residents and refugees - with the judge seeming to be especially concerned about the impact of the rules on citizens and refugees - one group that have the right to live here without let or hindrance and another, as refugees, we have a responsibility towards. The judge suggested that individually each of the requirements may be okay but put together with the first £16k of savings ignored, £18,600 so much higher than minimum wage, third party support not allowed, credible job offers for non-EEA partner disregarded, was too onerous.
'The Home Office appealed this and since 5 July 2013 has put on hold all cases where they say the only reason for refusal is the financial or evidential requirements. At the Court of Appeal hearing in March 2014, it came to light that over 3000 cases were on hold...'