From 9 July 2012, the government plans to introduce a number of reforms to family migration.
The changes are as follows:
- New minimum income threshold of £18,600 for sponsoring the settlement in the UK of a spouse or partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner. For any children also sponsored; the minimum threshold will be £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child;
- New casework guidance will contain a list of factors associated with genuine and non-genuine relationships;
- The minimum probationary period for settlement for non-EEA spouses and partners will be extended from two years to five years, to test the genuineness of the relationship;
- Abolishing immediate settlement for migrant spouses and partners where a couple have been living together overseas for at least four years;
- As of October 2013, all applicants for settlement will need to pass the Life in the UK Test and present an English language speaking and listening qualification at B1 level or above unless they are exempt;
- Adult and elderly dependants will only be eligible to settle in the UK if they can demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care that can only be provided by a relative in the UK. They will need to apply overseas for this category.
If you require further advice on the proposed changes please do not hesitate to contact us on 01793 836 010.