Extending the probationary period before partners can apply for settlement

 

The government announced on 13th July, 2011, it has launched a 12-week consultation on family migration.  Its key proposals include:

  • introducing a minimum income threshold for sponsors of partners and dependants;
  • extending the probationary period before partners can apply for settlement in the UK from 2 years to 5 years;
  • requiring partners and adult dependants aged under 65 to demonstrate that they can understand everyday English (B1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages) when they apply for settlement;
  • defining more clearly what constitutes a genuine and continuing marriage, to help identify sham and forced marriages;
    exploring the case for making 'sham' a lawful impediment to marriage in England and Wales;
  • reviewing the full right of appeal for family visitor visas;
  • to seek clarity about the circumstances in which the public interest will outweigh an individual’s Article 8 rights.

Posted in English on Jul 12, 2011.