UK immigration announces family migration route changes

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13 June 2012


On 11 June 2012 the UK government announced major changes to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK under the family migration route.

Most of these changes will apply to new applicants from 9 July 2012.

The changes, part of the Government's response to recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee, include:
However not everyone agrees with the new immigration changes. Senior Labour MP, Keith Vaz, said: "I am shocked at the Government's new proposal. They will dramatically affect my constituents, settled British Asians, not illegal immigrants, tax payers who contribute to our country. A British Home Secretary has no place dictating who British citizens should choose as their spouses based on an artificial financial limit. This is unfair, unjust and unnecessary."

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