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Armed Forces: Commonwealth

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that commonwealth personnel are able to bring family members to the UK.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) continues to work very closely with the Home Office regarding the implications of the Minimum Income Requirement and visa costs for all Service personnel and their families, including those we have recruited from the Commonwealth. The MOD has previously articulated the specific circumstances which Service personnel from outside the UK, including the Commonwealth, face when choosing to serve our country and what this potentially means for family life. It is, however, a complex policy area with potentially wide-ranging ramifications.

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