Islamabad, July 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): Next week, the UK Border Agency will implement new global changes to the immigration rules for those applying to live permanently or remain in the UK on the family migration route.
The changes were announced in the UK Parliament on June 11 2012 and will come into effect on July 9 2012. Details can be found on the UK Border Agency’s website.
The changes are part of the UK Government’s programme of reform of the immigration routes and follow wide consultation and expert advice from the Migration Advisory Committee.
Commenting, Acting High Commissioner to Pakistan Alison Blake said:
“People to people connections are the foundation of the close ties between the UK and Pakistan.
“We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution but it isn’t fair if this family life is established at the expense of the British taxpayer.
“To play a full part in British life, family migrants from whatever country must be able to integrate, speak our language and support themselves without relying on public funds. This is fair to applicants, but also fair to the UK public.
“The visa operation in Pakistan is of vital importance both to the UK’s integrated border control, and to Britain’s competitiveness as a destination for travel, trade, migration and investment. We are proud to provide our customers with a first class service. Over the last year have introduced Premium Lounges at the visa application centres, Priority Visa Services for those who have travelled to the UK recently, and online completion of forms for all customers”.
On 9 July 2012, new global Immigration Rules come into force which will affect Pakistani nationals. The changes include:
Introducing a new minimum income threshold of £18,600 for people who want to sponsor their spouse, fiancé or partner to join them to live permanently in the UK. This threshold will increase for any children also sponsored; £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child;
Extending the minimum probationary period for settlement for non-EEA spouses and partners from two years to five years;
from October 2013, requiring all applicants for settlement to pass the Life in the UK Test and present an English language speaking and listening qualification at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages unless they are exempt;
Allowing adult and elderly dependants to settle in the UK only where they can demonstrate that, as a result of their age, illness or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care that can only be provided by a relative in the UK and without recourse to public funds;
Restricting family visit visa appeals, initially by narrowing the current definitions of family and sponsor for appeal purposes, and later, if the UK Parliament agrees, removing the full right of appeal against refusal of a family visit visa.
The British High Commissioner recently did an online Q and A on UK visas which you can also see here.
Further details can be found at:
For more information, contact:
British High Commission
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306