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 how many family visa applications have been paused since 5 July 2013.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 12 September 2013

Spouse or partner and child settlement visa and leave to remain applications have been put on hold since the 5 July 2013 High Court judgment in MM & Others, where the only grounds on which the application falls to be refused are the applicant's failure to meet the income threshold (under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules or the related evidential requirements under Appendix FM-SE).

The Home Office is putting in place arrangements to monitor the number of applications put on hold.

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