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    The Supreme Court has ruled the Income Threshold rule is lawful, but that "the way it has been implemented unlawfully fails to take "proper account" of the Home Secretary's duty to safeguard children".

    The Supreme Court has said the Government's £18,600 income threshold that bars UK workers' foreign spouses is lawful.

    The policy, brought in when Theresa May was Home Secretary, has been blamed for keeping families apart because British citizens living in the UK do not earn enough money to bring their partners to the country. It holds even if their partner's earnings would tip them over the limit.

    The court's decision means thousands of couples may remain apart. But it also determined the rules and instructions behind the income threshold are not lawful when it comes to the welfare of children.

    Britons have previously told The Independent they have had to move abroad to be with their families because of the policy, and the Supreme Court judges admitted it has caused—and will continue to cause—"significant hardship to many thousands of couples".

    The judges said that while a minimum income requirement is "acceptable in principle" the way it has been implemented unlawfully fails to take "proper account" of the Home Secretary's duty to safeguard children. The rules must be amended to take this into account, and also to allow "alternative sources of funding" to be considered.

    They added: "The fact that the minimum income requirement may cause hardship to many does not render it unlawful. It has the legitimate aim of ensuring that the couple do not have recourse to welfare benefits and have sufficient resources to play a full part in British life.

    "The income threshold chosen was rationally connected to this aim and the acceptability in principle of an minimum income requirement has been confirmed by the ECtHR."

    In their full judgement, the justices recognised the income limit "has caused, and will continue to cause, significant hardship to many thousands of couples who have good reasons for wanting to make their lives together in this country, and to their children".
    Foreign spouse income limit: Supreme Court rules financial barrier lawful, barring entry to thousands of couples | The Independent

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRotavator:
    in 2014 there were 6,520 cases of TB in UK and 4,705 cases in Hong Kong. Therefore the incidence rate in HK is almost 10 times that of the UK.
    Had to get TB check & X rays recently and specialist blamed the dense living environment for the higher level of cases. Also TB can lay dormant for years. Suggest over 7K cases will be reported for 2016 but let's see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    The whole process is costing me $25k which includes all relevant fees to government etc.

    Not cheap by a long shot

    But I'm happier in UK so no choice lol
    I am planning to move back to UK next year too but $25k to process the visa is way higher than I expected. Does this include flights? Breakdown would be great, thank you in advance!

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    GBP 1,196 Application Fee per person
    GBP 600 Healthcare Surcharge (Covered for 3 years) per person

    Additional costs include TB Test, English Language Test etc etc.

    For priority service within HK, additional HK$4,455 per applicant....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMDS:
    I am planning to move back to UK next year too but $25k to process the visa is way higher than I expected. Does this include flights? Breakdown would be great, thank you in advance!
    And it is non refundable if they reject
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    As per avenged sevenfold

    TB test is $900
    English test I don't know as wife doesn't need to do one.

    I paid $3000 to an immigration consultant to assist with paperwork checking etc.

    Flights are definitely not included!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    And it is non refundable if they reject
    probably cheaper for u to arrange knocking the mrs off LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kma88:
    Is this news even accurate? I don't see how they need 4 people to escort her back to Singapore. It's usually here's the airport, there's your flight, get the F out of the country, BYE.

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    Oh no, this forum again. Leaves me traumatized every time I visit.

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