July 2011 Immigration Changes Focus on Marriage

21/07/2011

The Government has announced proposals to tighten controls on ‘sham’ and forced marriages as part of a package to curb immigration.

 

 

Foreign spouses will need to pass a basic English test if they want to settle in Britain and will have to wait 5 years rather than 2 before being able to claim indefinite leave to remain.

 

 

UK based spouses will need to show they earn enough to support their partners and a new definition of ‘genuine and continuing’ marriage will be drawn up.

 

 

It will also review parts of the Human Rights Act – especially Article 8 (right to family life) which is perceived as placing the rights of those convicted of a criminal offence and illegal migrant above the rights of British citizens.

 

 

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