"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.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

More on MM

Free Movement : Spouse visa minimum income case heard last week


'Last week the Court of Appeal heard the Home Office appeal in the spouse visa minimum income case. The judges heard argument over two days and did not give a decision there and then. The timescale for a decision is unknown but is likely to be weeks rather than months...


JM Wilson Solicitors : Affluent people are more likely to integrate than poor people


'This was but one of a number of startling submissions made by the Secretary of State to the Court of Appeal earlier this week in Secretary of State  v. MM and Others in defence of her controversial Financial Requirements contained in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

'In R (MM and Others) v. Secretary of State [2013] EWHC 1900 (Admin) Mr Justice Blake found that in generality of cases the Financial Requirements contained in Appendix FM (in particular, the £18,600 minimum income requirement (more if there are children) which must be demonstrated by British citizens, those settled in the UK and those granted refugee or humanitarian leave who wish to sponsor their spouses (and children) to come to the UK) was likely to amount to a disproportionate interference with Article 8 if an applicant was earning above the national minimum wage (£13,400) and could show that the shortfall was made up of (i) savings (including those below £16,000), (ii) credible job offers and (iii) credible offers of third party support.


Migrants' Rights Network : Court of Appeal hears family migration appeal


'Last week the Court of Appeal heard the appeal in the case of MM and ors vs Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] on the £18,600 income requirement. This hearing followed a critical judgement in the High Court last July on the income requirement.

'The hearing ran over two days, and was attended by families affected by the rules, who gathered outside the Court of Appeal and in the public gallery to show their opposition to the rules. The legal arguments reportedly focused on the compatibility of the rules and their application by Home Office caseworkers with UK obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


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