Thanks for Fighting on our Behalf, Unfortunately We’ve Just Made it Difficult to Bring Your non-EEA Family Members

To add to the more confusing and stringent immigration rules, the new Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules had been in effect since December 31, 2013.

The latest addition “Appendix Armed Forces” will be directly applicable and greatly affect the following immigrants in these categories:

  • certain non-EEA family members of British service personnel

  • families of foreign and Commonwealth citizens serving in HM forces (including Gurkhas discharged since 1 July 1997)

  • families of visiting forces; and, foreign or Commonwealth members of HM Forces applying for leave upon discharge.

The new rules apply to the foreign and commonwealth members of HM Forces being discharged. The new policy states that if a service personnel whishes to bring a non-EEA family member to United Kingdom, he/she has to meet a minimum income requirement. For a partner, the minimum income is at 18,000 British pounds, for a partner and child it should be at 22,400 British pounds and 2,400 British pounds from each additional child.

On top of that, whoever is the family member that the said personnel wish to bring to United Kingdom aged between 18 and 65, has to demonstrate knowledge of the English life and language by taking the highly controversial “Life in the UK Test”.

It is highly recommended to whoever is going to be greatly affected by these changes to consult your immigration advisers. They will provide detailed information about the new amendments will greatly affect your chances.

The changes in the Immigration Rule have always been openly criticized by United Kingdom’s citizens and other political figures. Campaigns designed to reduce and prevent illegal immigrants have been taken to the extreme like the roving of those “Go Home Vans”. Although that experiment was unsuccessful, the government is still finding ways to make immigration policies to be less tedious and fair to everyone. There might be some nationals that will be negatively affected but hashing out regulations to achieve a highly ideal one is going to be a long and painful process. So in the ever changing policies and procedures, applicants can stay one foot ahead by being armed with information and get counsel.