Changes to the UK Immigration Rules: Mainly Affecting Work Tier 2 Visa Routes

New immigration rules changes – September 2019

UK Immigration law continues to change constantly, and the new Statement of Changes to the immigration rules was published on the 9th of September 2019. The announced changes should come into force in October 2019, hence if you are making an application prior to this time, it will still be considered under the old rules.

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Using Self-Employment to meet the Settlement UK Spouse Visa Income Threshold

General Background

The financial requirement of £18,600 generally must be met by anyone applying for entry clearance, leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain in the UK as the non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) national partner or dependent child of a person, who is either a British citizen or has Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Please note that sometimes the financial requirement might be a bit higher if sponsoring a non-EU partner and child/children.

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Using Cash Savings to Meet Income Threshold for UK Spouse Visa – Updated

Since July 2012, when the current rules regarding UK spouse visas came in to effect, the number one issues that many face when sponsoring their family for a UK settlement visa have been relating to the Income Threshold. This issue has been hotly contested in court but calumniated with the UK Supreme court confirming that the new rules were legal, although it did suggest certain exceptional circumstances where alternative incomes source should be considered by the UK Home Office ( see here).

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