Business immigration

The minimum income requirement for dependents: harsh, and not quite fair – but lawful

The Supreme Court has finally settled the legality of a key principle: that the state may impose a minimum income requirement (MIR) on British citizens whose non-EEA dependents apply for entry clearance to join them in the UK. On a day when a British suicide bomber recipient of alleged £1m state compensation grinned from the front pages, the Government needed some good news. The judgement did not all go its way, though.

New immigration bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech

Control of immigration, in particular illegal migrants, was a major policy topic during the recent election. Therefore it comes as little surprise that the government has included plans in the new Parliament’s first Queen’s Speech to introduce an immigration bill with the intention of further restricting the level of non-EEA immigration, including the introduction of a new criminal offence of illegal working. For those employers who rely on skilled migrant workers, the proposed new rules have the potential to make recruitment of key individuals from outside the EEA even more difficult
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