Sunday, 25 March 2012

Home Secretary proposes tough new immigration rules

Home Secretary Theresa May is planning a crackdown on immigrants from outside the EU who “abuse” family visas to settle in Britain, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
The paper cited a letter from Mrs May to deputy PM Nick Clegg proposing a new minimum income of GBP25,700 for anyone seeking to bring a spouse or other dependent to the UK; nearly double the current threshold of GBP13,700.
The minimum income requirement could be revised up to GBP62,600 if children are to be sponsored.
Mrs May reportedly also wants a longer probationary period of five years before spouses or partners can apply to live permanently in Britain, and a higher level of English to be required.
The proposals could cut the number of non-EU immigrants allowed in by 15,000 a year - a significant step towards the Government's aim of reducing "net" migration to 100,000 people each year.
The Sunday Telegraph reports however that the Liberal Democrats will oppose the proposals.
In 2010, some 48,900 visas were issued under the spouse/dependent category.
The majority of those who come to settle in Britain using this method are women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
-    Staff Reporter

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