Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of David Ward David Ward Liberal Democrat, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on reducing the income thresholds for family visas applications.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 12 September 2013

The Government has no plans to reduce the minimum income threshold for sponsoring a spouse or partner and dependent children of non-European economic area nationality to settle in the UK under the family immigration rules. The level of the income threshold, which was set in the light of advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee, reflects the level of income at which a couple, once settled in the UK, generally cannot access income-related benefits. The income threshold therefore prevents family migrants becoming a burden on the taxpayer and helps to ensure that they are well enough supported to integrate effectively in British society.

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