Lawfulness of a minimum income threshold upheld

Court of Appeal judgement upholds lawfulness of minimum income threshold 

On the 11th July 2014, the lawfulness of a minimum income threshold was upheld by a Court of Appeal judgement under new family migration rules.

In July 2012, changes were made to immigration rules for British citizens who wanted to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner/children to come and live in the UK. Notably, a minimum income threshold was introduced for sponsorship applications.

The independent Migration Advisory Committee suggested that the income threshold should be set at £18,600 for a spouse/partner. This would increase to £22,400 for sponsoring a child and an extra £2,400 for every additional child applying.

A High Court judgement in July 2013, which found that the impact of the minimum income threshold may be disproportionate on family life, was overturned on the 11th July 2014.

This judgement will mean that previous cases which met every requirement excluding the minimum income threshold, could be refused unless there are extenuating circumstances. The 4,000 individuals with applications on hold will now receive a decision from the 28th July onwards.

Londoners and Graduates of the opinion that Immigration is good for the UK Economy

Recent legislative changes to UK Immigration Law have paved the way for economic prosperity here in Britain. One notable example is the expansion of the exceptional talent route, allowing Tech City UK to endorse top innovators in their field to come to the UK without the need for a sponsoring employer.

As far as Graduates and Londoners go, these types of changes can continue as 60% of the former and 54% of the latter believe that immigration is beneficial for the economy. This compares with 28% of people in other parts of the UK and 17% of those without qualifications. These statistics come from the latest British Social Attitudes Survey, which also highlights a number of prevalent issues, including the unavoidable divide on immigration.

The groups who dominate British political and social institutions such as Londoners, who are in much more frequent contact with migrants, and middle class professionals all tend to be more positive about immigration. In contrast, the vast majority of other groups are negative, possibly illustrating the widespread notion that the ‘ruling classes’ are out of touch on the issue.

It is important that the British public are made aware of not only the benefit of migrants and their wide range of cultures and skill sets, but also that the Government is making every effort to reduce immigration, but in a manner that will benefit the UK in the long run.