on the right to a family life, especially when clearly the family are self-sufficient and are not a“burden on the state”
the submitted stories illustrate.
47% of hard-working EMPLOYED British citizens will not pass the new financial requirement for aspouse visaof £18,600 a year, £22,400 with a child and £2,400 for every additional child oralternatively have an incredible £62,500 of savings, held in an instant access bank account for 6months as enforced in the new spouse visa rules that came into force on 9 July 2012.4. In ALL our case studies the families are self-sufficient and would remain self-sufficient if granteda spouse visa. In most of our case studies the EMPLOYED British citizensdenied the right to familylife in the UK are public workers paid by the government, such as teachers, lecturers, NHS workers,carers, nurses and members of the armed forces.
If these valuable public workers do not have the rightto family life because they do not earn enough, then surely they should be paid more by the government. Ordoes the government believe nurses and teachers and the armed forces do not deserve to have a family life?Other large groups earning under the threshold or whose income is not counted are British motherssupported by their husbands, people living outside of London, PhD and other degree students, start-upentrepreneurs and creative or specialist industry freelancers.
5. Ironically, full time UKBA Immigration Officers deciding which EMPLOYED British citizens do nothave the right to a family also do not have the right to family life under the new rules. Their income,paid by the government, is under the new financial threshold.
Administrative assistants (£14,043),Assistant immigration officers (£15,386) would be forced to be single or leave the UK. Both Executive officers(£20,235) and Immigration officers (£21,505) cannot sponsor their spouse and child. (UKBA website, 2013)
6. The new rules discriminate against British Citizens in our own country:
please see the comparisonchart of British citizen
s rights compared with EEA immigrant
s rights to family life in the UK in the Appendix.
7. Long term (more than 1 year) Net Migration of British Citizens was minus 71,000 in 2011
, (78,000immigrated and 149,000 emigrated) the year before the new 2012 spouse visa rules (that only apply toBritish Citizens) came into effect.
Long term Non EEA net migration was 205,000 immigrants; EU andEU8 net migration was 122,000 immigrants.
Of the 251,000 EEA immigrants in 2011, 174,000 were EUimmigrants entitled to instant access to British benefits on entry (as were 20,000 of EU immigrants non-EEAspouses,) 92,000 were EU8 immigrants not entitled to British benefits on entry. (Office for National Statistics)
Net "long term" net migration ﬁgures 2011