The Government has recently launched its long awaited consultation on family migration which will impact on migrants wishing to settle in the UK.

The proposals are far reaching and include dependants of points based system migrants. The key proposals include:

  • introducing a new minimum income threshold for sponsors of partners and dependants. The Migration Advisory Committee has been asked to advise on what the threshold should be;
  • extending the probationary period before partners and other dependants can apply for settlement in the UK from two years to five years. This includes partners of points based system migrants; and
  • increasing the English language level that partners and adult dependants need to demonstrate to B1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages when they apply for settlement.

The public is invited to take part in the consultation which closes on 6 October 2011. [Penningtons will be submitting a response on the proposals. Please contact us if you would like to make a contribution as part of our response.]

For the official consultation page, please click here.