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Immigration: Families

Question for Home Office

UIN 225594, tabled on 25 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for reducing bureaucracy for non-EEA residents seeking to bring family members to the UK.

Answered on

1 March 2019

The family Immigration Rules prevent burdens on the taxpayer and promote integration. The Supreme Court agrees the family Immigration Rules strike a fair balance between the interests of those wishing to sponsor family to settle in the UK and of the community in general.

We have taken a number changes to simplify the process, for example, we have created online application forms, improved customer guidance and no longer ask for original documentary evidence in most cases. However, we recognise that there is more that can be done to simplify the Rules even further and have asked the Law Commission to review how this might be achieved. This work is ongoing and we will carefully consider their findings in due course.

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