Theresa May’s extremely harsh rule stating £18,600 of a minimum income for UK citizens to bring non-European spouses into Britain was approved by the Supreme court on Wednesday.
In light of this decision, the government faced flak from all quarters on the grounds that the minimum requirement is extremely high and families may be forced to leave behind spouses.
The ruling also comes as a blow to campaigners who ascertain that this rule would mean that British families have either two choices- live together or live in exile. They have also pointed out the current scenario where up to 15,000 British children have in actuality grown up as “Skype kids” to keep in contact with one of their parents since the rule was introduced.
The £18,600 minimum income threshold for British citizens to bring non-European spouses was introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary in 2012. This was done as a part of her campaign to cut to size the net migration to below 100,000.
However, the ruling doesn’t deny its deficiency and condemns the lack of focus on the treatment of children and the ability of Home Office staff to take into account the alternative assets when they evaluate the earning capacity of the spouse in Britain.
“This is central to building an immigration system that works in the national interest,” a spokesperson for the Home Office said.
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