Since July 2012, there has been a financial requirement for UK citizens who wish to sponsor their non-EU spouse to live in the UK as a married couple. This effectively means that unless you earn over £18,600 pa you do not have the right to keep your legitimately married spouse in your home country. Furthermore, there are supplementary requirements for children of these marriages if they don't have UK citizenship - a situation that leads to indefinite periods of separation not only between partners, but parents and children.
As an EU passport holder, British Citizens have the right to live with their non-EU spouse as a married couple in other EU countries, but no right to live in Britain, the country of their birth, whose government have decided they don't make enough money to enjoy this basic right. This is a massive human rights violation, and yet I've seen very little published on the subject.
As of July 2013 the Home Office are in the process of reviewing the minimum income thresholds:
Before they reach their decision, let's make sure they know that the British people will demand their right to marry whom they choose and live with them as a couple, regardless of their country of origin or their personal income. Marriage and family are rights, not privileges.
The anguish caused by the financial requirements:
Other EU citizens actually have more rights in Britain than British passport holders with regard to family immigration:
- The Home Office
Remove the minimum income requirement for British citizens to keep their spouses and children in the UK.
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