Harper: No plans to reduce income thresholds for family visas

The UK government doesn’t plan to reduce the income thresholds for family visas applications, Immigration Minister Mark Harper has said.

In a written response to David Ward, MP for Bradford East, Mr. Harper said: “The Government has no plans to reduce the minimum income threshold for sponsoring a spouse or partner and dependent children of non-European economic area nationality to settle in the UK under the family immigration rules.”

He said the income threshold set following advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee, “reflects the level of income at which a couple, once settled in the UK, generally cannot access income-related benefits. The income threshold therefore prevents family migrants becoming a burden on the taxpayer and helps to ensure that they are well enough supported to integrate effectively in British society.”

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