Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Settlement-Family Visas due to change

I read an article on the Telegraph web-site that confirmed that there will be some major changes to UK Settlement and Family Applications. The changes mentioned in the article are extending the period of time needed to claim settlement from 2 years to 5 years.

The changes are another step that the authorities are attempting to reduce the numbers of migrants entering the UK and also their aim is to limit the abuse of this particular Visa as they claim that there have been many sham marriages in the past few years. If a couple needs to remain together for 5 years before the migrant can claim settlement rather than the 2 years currently then the idea is that this would curb abuse.

The article also confirmed that the consultation will look at Article 8, right to family life with a view to assessing how this should be decoded.

I have not found any published articles or news about this on the UKBA website or other web resources but as soon as I locate any confirmation on the details I will post accordingly.

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