Foreigners wanting to make UK a home need to demonstrate subsistence credentials

Immigrants need to show they can maintain themselves without recourse to public funds

Tags: Darren Jarrad, Chantel, Norman Lamb, Ghurkhas

19th August 2009: If your foreigner spouse wants to make a home in Britain, the requirement is to show you will be able to maintain yourselves without turning to public funds.
The UK Border Agency has made it clear the responsibility rests with applicants to demonstrate they meet the criteria for the type of entry clearance they have applied for.
Elaborating, a spokesman has asserted: An applicant for a spouse would need to demonstrate that they will be able to maintain themselves without recourse to public funds. Where an application does not meet the requirements of these rules, it will be refused.
He added the system was firm and fair, and it applied to everyone. “All applications for visas to enter the country are considered in line with the UK’s immigration rules taking into account all relevant circumstances,” he further added.
The assertion comes in 28-year-old Darren Jarrad’s case. He has been told by immigration officials that his wife Chantel cannot make a home in Britain due to the apprehension she would claim benefits.
Available information suggests the couple met some three years ago when Jarrad, a private in the Royal Anglian Regiment, was on a training exercise in Canada. Their daughter Shyanne was born in April 2007.
The couple lived together in the UK from July last year until January. But Chantel had to return home to Canada following the expiry of her six month visa. Chantel has not seen her husband since April and has been trying to get permission to live full time in the UK. But her request has been turned down by the authorities concerned.
The Border Agency officials believe Jarrad, after leaving the Army in April last year, does not earn enough to support his family. Jarrad, on the other hand, he has been insisting he earned a decent wage as a floor restorer and technician and they would not have to claim benefits.
Jarrad has also conveyed to the authorities his father Kevin was willing to accommodate them at his family home in Felmingham near Fakenham, Norfolk.
Describing the immigration rules as understandable, but kind of stupid, Chantel said she was planning to get a job if she lived in the UK.
The couple were now working out the modalities to appeal against the visa refusal or to reapply. But the entire process means paying extra pounds in fees with no guarantee of success.
Reacting to the development, Norman Lamb, the local Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, has asserted it seems to be a pretty pernicious system which results in a father being separated from his wife and daughter, especially when there is so much emphasis on the importance of fathers as role models and keeping families together.
Making clear his support, he said the case appeared to involve some pretty dismal payback from the government to someone committed to serve the country. The rights of Ghurkhas to live in the UK rightly received attention recently and Jarrad’s case was apparently similar, he concluded.

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