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Ruling on income threshold in family migration 14/07/2014 The English Court of Appeal has ruled that the income threshold under the new family migration rules is lawful.

Ruling on income threshold in family migration

The English Court of Appeal has ruled that the income threshold under the new family migration rules is lawful. The opinion overturns an earlier High Court ruling that queried the proportionality of the impact that the minimum income threshold would have on family life.

The minimum income threshold is the level at which British citizens must be able to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner or child who wishes to come and live in the UK. At the moment it is set at £18,600 for a spouse or partner, increasing to £22,400 if a child is also involved, and with a further £2,400 required for any additional children.

The ruling has been welcomed by the Home Office.

“I am delighted that the Court of Appeal has comprehensively upheld the lawfulness of this important policy,” said Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire. “We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution, but family life must not be established in the UK at the taxpayer’s expense and family migrants must be able to integrate.”

“The minimum income threshold to sponsor family migrants is delivering these objectives and this judgment recognises the important public interest it serves,” he added.

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