Challenges to the earning requirement for UK spouse visa

By |2018-07-17T10:26:10+00:00July 9th, 2015|Categories: UK Family Migration Visas|Tags: |

Rules introduced by Theresa May mean only people earning over £18,600 can bring a wife or husband (Spouse)to live with them in the UK, leaving 47% of British employees potentially unable to live with their loved one in their own country.

The research found 74 constituencies in which less than 50% of employees earn £18,600 per year.

Brits in the north-west and south-west of England, as well as across Wales, are particularly likely to be affected due to lower than average earnings in those regions.

The £18,600 benchmark is considerably higher than that earned by a full-time worker earning the national minimum wage, who receives approximately £13,200.

A Home Office impact assessment found up to 17,800 family visas would be affected, but the human cost has been much more powerful than the numbers suggest.

Emotional accounts of families separated by visa rules or children being forced to grow up without one of their parents have shocked researchers and triggered a concerted legal fight to change the rules.

Last year, a high court judgement found the rules were an “unjustified and disproportionate interference with a genuine spousal relationship” and suggested the benchmark should be set at £13,400.

Families affected by the rules are currently holding out for a court of appeal judgement on the original case.


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Hemang Lahheru, Director of Marketing and Operations heads the Mumbai Office. Hemang has a MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hull (UK) and has lived and worked in UK for half a decade. In addition he has worked in Strategic roles for companies like DHL Global Forwarding and Goldshield Group plc. He has extensive experience in the internationally including roles in operations, business development, expatriate management, and compliance. Hemang is responsible for existing and prospective client relationships for Smart Move Global Visas worldwide.