House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adjust minimum income requirements for persons settled in the United Kingdom to sponsor family members to enter or remain in the United Kingdom to equate with the Living Wage and regional variations of it.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government has no plans to adjust the minimum income threshold for spouse or partner visa applications to equate with the Living Wage or regional variations of it. 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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