July 2011 – Immigration Changes Focus on Marriage
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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