Allow unconditional permanent right of residence in U.K. to parents of all U.K. Citizens - not just to those within EEA countries
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The stricter criteria were introduced to effectively stop close relatives ( e.g. Parents) from non-EEA countries of individuals with permanent right of residence in U.K. ( as a result of attaining U.K. Citizenship or having a indefinite leave to remain) from gaining a dependent visa. The fact that only one such visa from applications around the world has ever been approved is proof. Previously, parents or grandparents aged 65 or over were eligible if they were wholly or mainly dependent on the UK-based family member for money, did not have other close relatives in their country who could support them, and could be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds and housed in accommodation owned or occupied by the UK-based sponsor. Other adult relatives (parents and grandparents under 65, and children, siblings and uncles and aunts) could also apply if they met those eligibility criteria and there were ‘exceptional compassionate circumstances’.
New applications submitted on or after 9 July 2012 are subject to stricter eligibility criteria. Relatives must demonstrate that they require a level of long-term personal care as a result of age, illness or disability, which can only be provided by their relative in the UK and without recourse to public funds. “Long-term personal care” is regarded as help to perform everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and cooking. If the applicant is able to obtain the required level of care in their own country with practical and financial help from the UK-based sponsor, they will not be eligible for a visa. Unless the relative lives in Greenland or Antartica, the latter condition cannot be effectively satisfied. The sponsor cannot say that they cannot afford to provide the money since they will be providing an undertaking to take care of their relative for 5 years ( if visa application is successful ).
In addition, the UK-based sponsor must sign an undertaking confirming that the applicant will not have recourse to public funds, and that the sponsor will be responsible for their maintenance, accommodation and care (without recourse to public funds) for the first five years that they are in the UK. The visa application fees is a whopping £ 2000 per application. It is non-refundable irrespective of outcome.
This is not an issue for relatives living in EEA countries. Hence, if you are a U.K. Citizen and you have paid your taxes like any other citizen, but your aged parents are living outside EEA country, they are blocked from living with you in U.K. as a dependent. U.K. Home office does not consider it important that your aged parents deserve a dependent visa even if you are a U.K. Citizen and are contributing in the same way as another person from EEA country working here.
This ruling discriminates the rights and responsibilities of different U.K. Citizens just because someone's parents are not residing within EEA country. This ruling must be changed. All U.K. Citizens must be allowed the right to get their parents as a dependent relative and if necessary, granted U.K. Citizenship. If one is paying their taxes and executing their social responsibilty like any other U.K. Citizen, why such discrimination?
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