Entry Clearances: Married People

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 her Department plans to amend spouse visa rules following the High Court judgement on 5 July 2013.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 12 September 2013

We have no plans to amend the Immigration Rules for spouse or partner visa applications following the 5 July 2013 High Court judgment in MM and Others. The Home Office is pursuing an appeal against the judgment. The Court of Appeal has agreed to our request to expedite this, but it is a matter for the Court of Appeal how quickly the appeal is considered. Until the legal challenge has been finally determined by the courts, applications will be placed and will remain on hold where grounds relating to the income threshold would be the sole basis for refusal.

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