Many people with an interest in immigration law will be aware that the Government in July 2012 introduced controversial maintenance funds requirements (amongst other changes) for the non-EEA national partners of British citizens and those settled in the UK.
In short the new rules require visa applicants to have available funds equivalent to a minimum gross annual income of £18,600 (higher amounts apply to people with non-EEA national dependent children). In many cases only the UK sponsor’s employment income can be considered. Naturally the changes have had a profound effect both on UK sponsors and their foreign spouses, in particular in relation to the difficulty in meeting the minimum level of income.
Since the changes were introduced, various voluntary and other organisations have campaigned about the Rules. There are also proceedings to be considered by the Supreme Court in early 2016 in relation to the legality/fairness of the rules.
The minimum financial requirement is considered to be unfair and as a result of constant lobbying and discussions there were calls by many for an independent review of the requirements and its impact on families.
A Parliamentary report has been prepared in relation to this issue and is a worthwhile read for anybody who is interested in this ever changing area of law and is considering making an application for a spouse visa and is available at the link detailed below.
The Immigration department at Wildings solicitors have assisted many clients since the new rules came into force. Should you need advice or assistance with any of the issues mentioned in this article or any other immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Wildings Solicitors Immigration Department and we will be happy to speak to you.
Asgher Hussain – Immigration Department