Home Office wins judgment on minimum income threshold
The Home Office welcomes a Court of Appeal judgment, upholding the lawfulness of the income threshold under the new family migration rules.
The minimum income threshold for British citizens to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner or child to come and live in the UK was introduced in July 2012. It aims to ensure that family migrants do not become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support and are able to integrate effectively which also should be achieved by the British sponsors wife to be able to work legally to increase their yearly income.
The minimum income threshold was set, following advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee, at £18,600 for sponsoring a spouse or partner, rising to £22,400 for also sponsoring a child and an additional £2,400 for each further child. which in most peoples case was above the County average and certainly affects those living in the North of the UK,
Family life must not be established in the UK at the taxpayer’s expense
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said:
I am delighted that the Court of Appeal has comprehensively upheld the lawfulness of this important policy.
We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution, but family life must not be established in the UK at the taxpayer’s expense and family migrants must be able to integrate.
The minimum income threshold to sponsor family migrants is delivering these objectives and this judgment recognizes the important public interest it serves.
Today’s judgment overturns an earlier High Court judgment from July 2013, which was supportive of the approach but found that the impact of the minimum income threshold on family life could be disproportionate.
Applications on hold will now receive a decision
The judgment will mean that, from the 28 July, the 4,000 individuals whose applications are currently on hold, pending this judgment, will now receive a decision. These are cases which met all the requirements apart from the minimum income threshold and now stand to be refused.
This is the saddest news received in my working career and feel that the decision makers should be held accountable for splitting 4000 families including Children who already have a UK passport and not including any Human rights or deviations, the new rules have come as a shock as we all felt that they would be made easier or taken away but again the lapdogs have backed their own people at other peoples expense, we will continue to ponder this ruling for years to come as the flood gates to the EU are still open and illegal Immigrants. And they have the cheek to state it is to save tax payers money!!!!!!!!!