"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 7 October 2013

UKBA data on the success rate of the in-country spouse visa applications under Appendix FM.


'...The statistics appear even more shocking then anticipated: of the total 5401 applications for the partner visa made in the UK within 12 months from 9 July 2012 and 30 June 2013, only 1453 have been decided, and of these only 313 have been successful!

'Out of the 313 successful applications, 168 (53%) were made by women and 145 (47%) by men. Of the 1140 unsuccessful applications, 491 were by women (43%) and 649 (57%) by men. One might speculate whether the gender imbalance is related to it being more difficult for women to sponsor the partner under the harsh financial requirements of the new rules. It is interesting that in 57% of applications the applicants were men, although with account of same sex couples it is not immediately clear what percentage of sponsors were women.

'We will be making a repeated request for information about applications on the basis of family life as a parent and will update this blog when we know more.'

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