Reuniting families affected by UK spouse visa rules

House Of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee issues scathing report on the increase to the MIR

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has on the 25th of March published a scathing report on the increase to the minimum income requirement.

Amongst the criticism of the peers:

  • Lack of clarity about what the policy is designed to achieve.
  • How the lack of impact information makes it impossible for Parliament to scrutinise the legislation properly.
  • Lack of consultation with affected people blocks the Home Office from fully understanding the impact of the policies it introduces
  • How it is fair that due to the difference between salaries earned across the country, that families in some regions are much more likely to be entitled to reunite than those in other areas, and how this is consistent with the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Reunite Families UK and ILPA submitted joint evidence, endorsed by Praxis, The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Migrant Voice, and British in Europe, to the House of Lords’ Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC), on 19 March 2024 on the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 590, focusing on the Minimum Income Requirement changes for family visas. Read more here.