Home Secretary’s plans, revealed in a leaked letter, are to double income threshold required to sponsor a non-EU family member to £25,700 a year, the Mail reports.
Several Sunday newspapers have reported that the UK Home Secretary is planning a major immigration crackdown targeting ‘tens of thousands of people’ who ‘abuse the family visa system’ to enable spouses, partners or dependants to settle in the UK.
In a ‘leaked’ letter Home Secretary Theresa May outlines plans to impose a new minimum income of £25,700 a year for anyone looking relocate a family member from outside the European Union.
This figure is nearly double the current threshold of £13,700.
If children are brought in, the income needed would also shoot up – to £37,000 for one, £49,000 for two or £62,600 for three.
In her letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, dated March 14, Mrs May also calls for a minimum probationary period of five years (up from two) before any such applications can be made, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
The new proposals, she says, would ‘reduce the burdens on the taxpayer, promote integration and tackle abuse’. She wants them to come into force from June.
It is hoped the move would cut the number of immigrants by 15,000 a year, something which would greatly help David Cameron’s efforts to reduce numbers entering the UK from 250,000 a year to ‘tens of thousands’ by 2015.
Mrs May says that proposals to clamp down on those using the ‘family route’ gained ‘broad public support’ in the Coalition’s consultation last year.
But they are unlikely to impress Mr Clegg and his Liberal Democrat colleagues, who take a far softer line on immigration.
A major pledge in their 2010 General Election manifesto was an amnesty for all illegal immigrants already in Britain. Source: Daily Mail.
Whilst this report is not official policy, the contents of leaked letters have a habit of ending up in the Immigration Rules.
The coalition have changed the Immigration Rules in order to slash the number of migrants from outside the European Union who can come here to work, and have introduced sweeping changes to the Tier 4 student visa system, Tier 2 working visas and have extended employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians until end of 2013.
Immigration Minister Damian Green has also recently announced plans to restrict settlement and UK naturalisation of migrant workers to only the brightest and best.
On Thursday 15 March 2012, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that a written ministerial statement has been laid in Parliament outlining a number of important changes to the Immigration Rules, which will affect thousands of migrant workers on Tier 2, Domestic Workers and international students on Tier 4 visas.
The planned changes will not affect EU members, such as Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens bringing family members under EEA Rules.
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