Minimum Income Threshold for UK Family Migrants

According to a recent announcement, the High Court handed down its judgment in a Judicial Review of the minimum income threshold for spouses/partners and children applying in the family route.

The coalition Government introduced new UK immigration laws last year which required British spouses to prove that they have a minimum income of at least £18,600 per year, before they are allowed to bring their non-UK spouse to the UK to live. However, critics of the change argued the threshold was too high and led to three claimants challenging the laws in the High Court.

The Home Office has paused decision-making on some spouse/partner and child settlement visa and leave to remain applications, urging the government to consider making such adjustments to the rules as will meet the observations in this judgment.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

“Our family changes were brought in to make sure that spouses coming to live in the UK would not become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support and would be able to integrate effectively. We’re pleased that this judgment supports the basis of our approach.

“We are looking closely at the judgment and its likely impact on the minimum income threshold before we decide how to respond. In the meantime, where an applicant does not meet the minimum income threshold and there is no other reason to refuse it, the application will be put on hold.”

July 11, 2013


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