Immigration News

Canada to introduce new permanent residence policy for spouses and partners

March 3, 2016

Immigration Minister John McCallum announced changes to the current sponsorship rules that require foreign partners and spouses of Canadian citizens to wait two years before they can apply for permanent residency in Canada. The new policy will allow the foreign …

New EU agreement could split families by blocking the Surinder Singh route

February 22, 2016

New draft EU rules could make life difficult for hundreds of British citizens relying on legal precedent known as the ‘Surinder Singh route’ which allows them to bring their foreign spouse to the UK on an EEA family permit as …

Australians and New Zealanders applying for UK visas to pay NHS surcharge

February 8, 2016

From 6th April 2016, all UK visa applicants from Australia and New Zealand who wish to settle in the UK with their unmarried partner, fiancée or spouse will be required to pay a £200 annual NHS surcharge as part of …

Supreme Court ruling: English test still required for foreign partners and spouses

November 19, 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled that the requirement for a foreign fiancée, partner or spouse of a British citizen or legal permanent resident to pass an English competency test in order to enter or remain in the UK does not …

33,000 people unable to live in UK with their spouses due to income threshold

July 10, 2015

It has recently been announced that approximately 33,000 couples are separated through the stringent financial thresholds set out by the Home Office in July 2012. The £18,600 threshold – which remains unchanged since the inception of the rule – is …

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