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Question for Home Office

UIN 194767, tabled on 22 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the income requirements in the immigration rules for family members including their effect on (a) individuals and families and (b) the public purse.

Answered on

27 November 2018

We do not make an estimation of those figures. The Home Office publishes data on the number of visas issued to join family members; this can be accessed at All applicants who do not meet the minimum income requirement will still be considered under exceptional circumstances.

We continue to keep the family Immigration Rules under review and make adjustments in light of feedback on their operation and impact. We have also taken into account the findings of the courts, including the Supreme Court judgment upholding the lawfulness of the minimum income re-quirement. Our overall assessment is that the family Immigration Rules are having the right impact and are helping to restore public confidence in the immigration system.

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