Stop tearing families apart based on earnings! Scrap minimum income requirement
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I’m Tony, a plasterer from Edinburgh. My wife, Juli, is my rock and the light of my life. But she’s been sent thousands of miles away. She recently had to leave Scotland and return to the US to apply for a spousal visa. We were astounded when it was rejected because the Home Office says we don’t earn enough money. We have been separated for 3 months now, and I don’t know when I’ll see her again...
We are pleading with the Home Office to scrap the rules that have separated us and bring my wife back home.
The “minimum income requirement” means a British person must earn more than £18,600 per year or have thousands of pounds of savings in order to live here with a partner from outside the EU. My plastering business makes that, but the Home Office says it doesn’t count because I’m self-employed. We are financially stable, even after shelling out thousands of pounds for a series of visa applications. Being self-employed and being able to support myself is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, not insulted by the government. As it stands, this policy discriminates against lower-income families, and keeps some apart for years on end.
I met Juli while she was studying in the UK for her master’s degree. She has already paid into the system, and wants to continue contributing by working in the arts. She has been a key support for me, and has been by my side as I battle through struggles with mental health. The Home Office, on the other hand, has ignored letters from my GP detailing the depression and anxiety I suffer from, and is putting my progress so far at risk by splitting up my family.
We’re not the only ones to be torn apart. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which is backing my petition, works every day with families that have been split up because of their income. Thousands of children are growing up without one of their parents because of these cruel rules. We believe this is wrong. We want to build a life together and start a family of our own, but have been held back for nearly two years because of the Home Office’s rules.
Please sign this petition and make sure hard-working people like myself aren’t penalised for falling in love with someone from another country.
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