The new UK’s visa rules are tearing families apart, a new report by a group of MPs and peers has revealed.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration launched the family migration inquiry on 20th November 2012 to explore the impacts of new rules that came into force on 9th July 2012. In particular, the inquiry looked at the new minimum income requirement of £18,600 for British nationals and permanent residents (‘UK sponsors’) seeking to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner, rising to £22,400 to sponsor a child in addition and a further £2,400 for each further child included in the application.
The inquiry also looked at the new rules on sponsorship of non-EEA adult dependents applying to come to the UK.
The report shows that some British citizens and permanent residents in the UK, including people in full-time employment, have been separated from a non-EEA partner and in some cases their children as a result of the income requirement.
It also shows that some British citizens and permanent residents have been prevented from returning to the UK with their non-EEA partner and any children as a result of the income requirement.
Some children, including British children, the report shows, have been indefinitely separated from a non-EEA parent as a result of the income requirement.
The report further shows that the current permitted sources in order to meet the income requirement may not fully reflect the resources available to some families.
It also emerges that the adult dependent relative visa category appears in effect to have been closed.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, has called for an independent review of the minimum income requirement. The review should aim to establish whether the current level of the income requirement and permitted sources in order to meet it represent an appropriate balance between the different interests in this area.