Families living in the UK and abroad raise concerns over the impact of the new immigration rules

17 May 2024, 08 mins ago

Families in the UK and abroad are bracing themselves for the impact of the new immigration rules. The introduction of stringent minimum salary requirements for family visas has sparked worries about the potential separation of loved ones.

Effective from 11 April 2024, the Home Office has mandated a minimum annual income of £29,000 for individuals sponsoring their foreign partners or spouses under the Family Visa scheme. This substantial increase from the previous threshold of £18,600 has sent shockwaves through communities already grappling with the complexities of immigration bureaucracy.

Caroline Coombs, co-founder of Reunite Families UK, has been advocating for families since 2017, having experienced the uncertainty of her own husband’s immigration status. Her family is one of many expressing their frustrations with the increasingly difficult and costly visa application procedures.

While the government aims to stem the tide of migration, critics argue that these measures risk tearing families apart and undermining the UK’s standing on the global stage. As families anxiously await decisions on their applications amidst the development of immigration rules, the debate on striking a balance between economic objectives and human compassion continues.

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