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Income rules which stop thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK are lawful "in principle" the Supreme Court has ruled.

Judges rejected an appeal by families who argued that the rules breached their human right to a family life.

As of 2012, Britons must earn more than £18,600 before a husband or wife from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can settle in the UK.

Judges criticised this threshold as "defective" and a cause of "hardship".

The seven justices sitting on the case found those rules did not take sufficient account of the welfare of the children involved, or of alternative sources of income.

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What's a cause of hardship?
What alternative sources of income? 
 

 

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Two claimants, Abdul Majid and Shabana Javed, are British citizens who have partners who are Pakistani nationals.

The third is a Lebanese refugee who cannot find suitable work in the UK despite his postgraduate qualifications. He says his similarly-qualified wife has high earning potential and speaks fluent English.

A final case concerns another recognised refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo whose wife has been barred from settling.

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They should all return to their countries of origin. Absolutely no reason to be in the UK. They aren't from here and have nothing in common with anyone in the UK or even Europe.

I see no valid argument for their presence.

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1 minute ago, Errol said:

They should all return to their countries of origin. Absolutely no reason to be in the UK. They aren't from here and have nothing in common with anyone in the UK or even Europe.

I see no valid argument for their presence.

Be fair, they have a very valid reason to come here and I think being married to a British citizen easily qualifies as 'having something in common with anyone in the UK'. Whether they should be entitled to tax credits, benefits or any other welfare is a separate issue, but I think not allowing those families to rejoin on the UK soil (if one of them is a UK citizen) is plain cruel.

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Nearly came a cropper with this ten years ago. Mrs. Rave is from a non-EU nation and we wanted to move to the UK. At the time, I was working abroad for an NGO. Their UK office which offered me a job was in a relatively cheap area, primarily to offer salaries which were far removed from others in the sector with HQs in London / SE). Fortunately we were already settled inside the EEA, so qualified for a different visa which the European Court had found the UK guilty of not offering.

Going back to Mrs. Rave's native land would have cost us the equivalent of £10 for a spouse visa. We were looking at £700 for a spouse visa to move to the UK, payable every five years. The irony is that the wife is from a country which is generally regarded as having a higher standard of living than the UK...

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14 minutes ago, Errol said:

I would want to examine the 'marriage' very carefully first.

I hope we're not talking about the right of first night.

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