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The recent announcement by the British government to implement new migration rules has created panic within South Asian families, compelling them to alter their plans before the regulations take effect in spring 2024.
According to a 25-year-old British Pakistani law professional, who requested anonymity, the new income threshold set by the government for a UK-based individual to sponsor family members has increased significantly from £18,600 to £38,700. This sudden jump is causing distress among individuals, especially those who were planning to get married to a non-UK national.
The new rules have doubled the income threshold for sponsors, posing challenges for lower-income individuals, particularly women and younger people who tend to earn lower wages. The increased financial requirements may delay weddings and family plans, affecting various aspects of life for those impacted.
These changes are part of a series of modifications to immigration rules and fees by the British government. In July 2023, the government announced increased costs for work and visit visas, priority visas, study visas, and certificates of sponsorship.
The director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, Dr Madeleine Sumption, highlighted that the decision to raise the family income threshold could have significant impacts, especially on lower-income British citizens. Free Movement.org and the Archbishop of Canterbury have also expressed concerns about the adverse effects of the new rules on family relationships.
Amid the uncertainty and distress caused by the changes, there are discussions within legal and charitable circles about potential challenges to these regulations in court. The situation is depressing for those affected by the stringent migration rules.
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