Abolish the minimum income rule for UK citizens to bring a non-EU spouse to the UK
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Whilst the recent Supreme Court judgement found the Government’s rule requiring British citizens to earn a minimum of £18,600 in order to bring a non-EU spouse to the UK ‘lawful’, it doesn’t make it right.
It is estimated that 41% of British citizens working as employees earn less than the minimum income threshold and would not be eligible to sponsor a non-EU spouse / partner.
Thousands of families are living in hardship as a result of the rule. There are around 15,000 children in the UK growing up without one parent present (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants). It disproportionately affects women, younger people and those outside London (Migration Observatory).
There are better and more equitable ways of making sure families can look after themselves. For example, taking into account the earning potential of the non-EU spouse, which is currently not included within the assessment.
The rule is unjustified, discriminatory and inhumane and needs to be abolished.
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