Home Office today, 26 July 2013, filed its appeal
against a High Court judgment on the minimum income
threshold for spouses/partners and children applying
in the family route.
judgment affects non-EEA national spouses/partners
and children applying to settle in the UK with
someone who is already resident here.
Home Office will continue to put on hold decisions
in some spouse/partner and child settlement visa and
leave to remain applications until the case is
finally determined by the Courts.
A Home Office spokesperson said:
'Our family changes were brought in to make sure
that spouses coming to live in the UK would not
become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support
and would be able to integrate effectively. We are
pleased that the High Court judgment of 5 July
supports the basis of our approach.
'However, we believe matters of public policy,
including the detail of how the minimum income
threshold should operate, are for the Government and
Parliament to determine, not the Courts. We also
believe the detailed requirements of the policy are
proportionate to its aims. We are therefore pursuing
an appeal against the judgment.
have asked the Court of Appeal to expedite this. In
the meantime, where an applicant does not meet the
minimum income threshold and there is no other
reason to refuse it, the application will be put on
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