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APPG on Migration prepares to launch new family migration inquiry

Tomorrow, the APPG on Migration will launch a new inquiry into the impacts of the family migration rule changes in July 2012. All concerned about the rules are invited to submit evidence to the Committee via the APPG Migration website by 31 Jan 2013.

Sponsoring a spouse, partner or elderly relative to come to the UK has never been easy, but in July 2012 the door slammed shut for many people altogether. This week a new inquiry launched by the APPG on Migration and headed up by shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP will begin to take evidence on the impacts of these rule changes on individuals and communities across the UK.

In particular the Committee will look at the new minimum earnings requirement of £18,600 for people wanting to bring their spouse or partner to join them in the UK. It’s estimated that 47% of the British working population earns less than this - and the Home Office anticipates that over 15,000 couples per year will be kept apart as a result of the new rules.

The Committee will also review new requirements for bringing adult or elderly dependents to the UK, including that applicants need long-term personal care in the UK which cannot be provided by anyone but the UK-based sponsor. The changes are expected to reduce the number of elderly parents and grandparents able to come to the UK from just short of 3000 per year to the hundreds.

The new APPG Migration family migration inquiry has been launched in order to allow concerned parliamentarians to consider a wide range of views and evidence on the rule changes. It will be led by Kate Green MP, shadow equalities minister, chair of a parliamentary committee which includes Sarah Teather MP, Paul Uppal MP, Jack Dromey MP, Baroness Hamwee and Lord Hussain. The inquiry will be coordinated by the APPG on Migration, and will take evidence from all interested parties - from individuals directly affected by the rule changes, economists, employers, trades unions, thinktanks and community organisations - about the impacts of the new rules and the way forward. 

Since these new rules came into force, MRN has received many phone calls and emails from people who are devastated by the impacts of the rule changes. It is our view that family life for many groups across the UK has been thrown into jeopardy, including young couples, people from many Asian communities, pensioners and people living in areas with lower-than-average earnings. However, this is an opportunity for groups, analysts and individuals to highlight a wide range of experiences and analysis relevant to this issue. We hope that all those with an interest and stake in the family migration rules will take part in submitting evidence over the coming weeks and months.

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I certainly intend to air my views on this matter as I have already done on other MRN biogs. The heartache caused by long periods of unjustly enforced separations only serve to make me very angry and sick inside. I married my Chinese wife three years ago, but have already faced a nine month separation, now I am facing a second six month separation.

My wife currently as a Multi Entry Family Visit Visa, which has so far allowed her to stay in the UK for just six months. She can return to the UK in six month's time on the same visa, but does this represent true family life.

Article 8 under the Human Rights Act "the Right to a Family Life" must apply here. The new immigration laws are preventing my wife and I from exercising that right. We demand a settlement visa. Are there any Pro Bono Barristers out there who are willing to take this government to task?
That is, before its too late!

This is ridiculous so only rich people Can mary Who they really love. This is wrong they shouldnt do these we should have the right to marry. Who we want and to be thogether. If we want to.( I'm. Epileptic .)

Anonymous - we do have the right to marry and have a family life under European Convention on Human Rights and UK Law Article 8 - The right to lead a family life.
But Cameron the family man, and May the christian vicars daughter. with Damien Green the ex journalist who wish to curry favour and the win votes from a British public who have been brainwashed to demonise all immigrants, including the NON EU spouses of us British citizens.
While respectable tax paying British citizens are being denied the right to a family life people like Abu Qata have been able tio stay in the UK get public funded homes and benefits with the help of public funds which has been paid for expensive lawyers we cannot afford or get the same benefits!
This is the truth about democratic Britain under the toxic Tory nasty party who are allowing MPs to still make and fiddle expenses claims again not accessible to us ordinary citizens!
May has been taken to the UK Court right up to the Supreme Court and the Courts Judges have found against her. These Judges have told May she has tried to side-step Parliamentary scruitiny. Another Judge ruled May was in Contempt of Court!
We live in a country where the toxic Tory Home Secretary can ignore the Courts and get away with it because she is supported by 'family man' PM David Cameron!
Britains democracy was lost in 2010 when the unelected Coalition Govt was formed and the Lib Dems led by Nick Clegg have turned a blind eye to the loss of British citizens freedoms!
What the ordinary British people fail to realise is that it is our freedoms which are affected today but under the toxic Tory Govt it will be theirs tomorrow! G.

we are opposed to the new immigration law rule changes and we want some justice,

we condemne the proposed extension of the spousal probationary period for migrants living in the UK.
we said that the proposed extension comes on top of other harsh measures restricting familial immigration. The effect of this change in the Immigration Rules will be especially devastating for women living in abusive relationships, we said, adding that excluding these victims of abuse from access to the welfare state and making them less employable will simply generate poverty.

we observed that the measure could compel the victims of abusive marriages to live in this situation for three further years. It increases the dependency on their partners and could consign women to a prolonged period of suffering and abuse.

Even for couples who are able to meet the financial hurdle, the minimum probationary period for settlement for non-EEA spouses and partners has increased from two years to five. Campaigners have highlighted the fact that vulnerable individuals, such as victims of domestic violence, will be most affected, as they will now be forced to remain even longer in an abusive relationship if they are to stay in this country.such as women in abusive relationships.

Hi,

Theresa May, Home Secretary, is trying to break up our families and force UK citizen to live in exile.

Is it fair to Only people who earn at least £18,600 per year can bring their spouses to join them in the UK - and this increases to £22,400 for a child, and £2,400 for each additional child?

NO: - We have our right to a family life under Article 8 of the ECHR.

- We believe that simply taking income as an indicator of someone's ability to support their spouse is unreliable. After all, especially in today’s climate, someone on £45,000 today could all too easily be earning nothing tomorrow.

- The vast majority of people who fall in love across borders and wish to build a family in this country pay taxes and contribute to society.

Is it fair to Spouses of UK citizens must now wait 5 years before they can apply for indefinite leave to remain ?
Campaigners have highlighted the fact that vulnerable individuals, such as victims of domestic violence, will be most affected, as they will now be forced to remain even longer in an abusive relationship if they are to stay in this country.
adding that excluding these victims of abuse from access to the welfare state and making them less employable will simply generate poverty.
we observed that the measure could compel the victims of abusive marriages to live in this situation for three further years. It increases the dependency on their partners and could consign women to a prolonged period of suffering and abuse.
Is it fair Spouses of UK citizens will have to pass an intermediate English test AND the Life in the UK test in order to settle in the UK?

NATECLA does not believe it necessary to test all skills as this could present barriers to integration. Requiring all applicants to take the ‘Life in the UK Test’ (for which you need reading skills at intermediate level or above) has implications for those who have no or very little literacy on arrival - in any language- and who may therefore experience difficulty in acquiring a sufficiently high level of literacy in English to pass the test. We believe speaking and listening skills should remain the priority

The extended 5 year probationary period is unrealistic without an entitlement to learning and free ESOL provision (with childcare) from the time spouses/partners arrive in the UK. Currently, spouses in their first year of marriage are not eligible for funded provision which hinders those who wish to improve their English and integrate more quickly. There is ample evidence which shows that learning a new language is most effective in the early months/years of living in a new country when motivation is high and need is evident.

Protect taxpayer? Big liar!

We are British and if we was to leave the UK and go to another EU country to live for so many months we would have easier rules to get our husbands/wives etc back to the UK with us under european law. But the taxpayer have to support that people, as they will be unemployed when they return in UK.

What about EU citizen ? they come here for jobs and benefit, taxepayer don't pay that benefit?

Where are our rights to build family with who we love?

These rules Are unlawful was never properly debated in parliament, and We will fight against these rules in every court

Hundreds and hundreds of people are being discriminated because of these new rules and we are not gonna put up with it. We have sent you the links to the many face book pages that are gonna petition Theres May as she is obviously supporting the rich and discriminating against the normal people of the is country. We are human and all deserve to be with our loved ones together.

https://www.facebook.com/UniteFamiliesFightForLove

https://www.facebook.com/BritsAgainstFamilyExile?ref=stream

https://www.facebook.com/migrantsrights?ref=stream

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedByLoveDividedByTheresaMay?ref=stream

http://www.facebook.com/groups/139807999382936/

Best regards;

Reply to Adam Green:

I have just begun perusing Theresa Mays arduous comments made in Parliament and noticed a question/ observation put to her about the practicality of the £18,600 rule. As you have rightly pointed out, just because someone has a very good income now ,doesn't necessarily mean they will maintain that high income in the future.

In fact the UK economy is once again heading down towards a catalcysm, a very long Depression with no light at the end of the tunnel. Kondratief's economic waves model can be extrapolated to show what always follows a double-dip recession, ie a long Depression.

Many thousands more people will become 'economically unviable', as in the movie 'Falling Down' starring Michael Douglas.

Theresa May may not comprehend the difference between structure and process. Taking only a snapshot in time is futile in assessing an individual's strengths, what is needed instead is some profiling to assess the likelihood of individuals staying successful over time.
That Is why I agree with one of Lord Wei's suggestions. It makes such good sense to me.

Hi,
It is heartbreaking that families and couples are being torn apart due to these new rules. I understand that the UK has to monitor the amount of migrants coming into the country but in my personal opinion it is very wrong to control people in this way by saying you must earn £18,600 to sponsor a migrant. Who earns that sort of money?? Maybe if you live in London where prices are inflated or are a specialist in your field. But for us ordinary folk its never going to happen. So first of all you are being told unless you are rich or a high earner then you cannot get married and secondly you are being told you cannot have a child as you need to earn £22,400. Again, only the rich can have children. What would happen if you had a child but did not earn that money. Would the child be taken off you? Its disgraceful! I think there are far better ways of going about this.

@Adam: I was under the impression that foreign spouses whose marriages broke up due to domestic abuse could still claim ILR? (Although I'd grant there would still be a potential barrier there as I'm not sure how hard the burden of proving abuse had actually taken place would be).

However, aside from that point, I generally completely agree with everyone's comments. It is absolutely appalling that husbands and wives are for all practical purposes forcibly split up by the UK Government. That it happens based on a partner's nationality is arguably racist. And it seems to me that splitting families up in this way arguably amounts to a mild form of persecution, at the hands of a Conservative Government.

I do hope the MRN succeeds in raising awareness of this and therefore in getting both the absurd minimum income and the equally absurd 5 year wait for settlement reversed. I'm relatively lucky in having married my foreign partner before the new rules came into force, and can only imagine how hard it must be for those who have been deliberately forcibly separated from their loved ones by the UK Government.

Just to add in case any Conservative party members ever read this:. I've been quite sympathetic to the Conservative party in the past and came quite close to voting for them at the last election (though in the end I didn't). Thanks to the appalling way that the Government are deliberately demonizing human beings who happen to be foreign and living in the UK, and clearly going out of their way to make life as difficult as possible for those people as well as for UK citizens who happen to have fallen in love with non-EU foreigners, I now regard the Conservative party - bluntly - as a party of racist bigots, and - barring a complete change in their attitude towards this area - there's no way I will ever be tempted to vote for them again. Government should surely be about at least _trying_ to make life better for everyone, not about choosing people you like and people you don't like and deliberately trying to wreck the lives of the ones you decide you don't like. I just hope there are some decent people in the Conservative party who are prepared to stand up for justice and try to prove me mistaken about them.

These laws have made it impossible for me to with my wife. Who is from states been 21 years old and knowing her since i was 16 years old its tottaly destroyed me working the job i do i make 12k a year tht 6,500 short than these new laws. considering the mount i pay to fly to states and back on holiday like xmas and her birthday and stuff nd for 5 years of my life trying to get to stay with her permanitly she could not move over sooner as her mother was sick i could not move there as the states imaggration laws state i cant no marry her as she is transgender also am sick now 18,500 year what working CLASS PERSON MAKES THAT WE ALL CANT BE BORN INTO SILVER SPOON UPPER CLASS LIFE SO IN THE COUNTRAY EHRE I WAS BORN COUNTRY WHERE I MARRIED HER LAST YEAR WHERE LAW STATES I CAN HAVE A CIVIAL PARTNERSHIP NOW SAYS U CAN MARRY HER HER BUT WAIT THE PRICE OF BEEN WITH PERSON U LOVE IS 18,500 AND MY FAMILY CANNOT EVEN SPONSER ME NOW ASWELL. BORN HERE IN THIS COUNTRAY SHOULD I NOT BE ABLE HAVE MY FAMILY HERE.have even thought bout joing army but yet still would not meet the mount money to get her over here torys dont care that there breaking up people and making pain for people who just want the right to have there family close i will stag against this to day i die until it is changed NEXT TIME I VOTE ITS LABOUR.

Craig, its disgusting that my country also stopped you from marrying your wife because she is transgender. Several states have legalized non heterosexual marriages, is there any chance that the two of you could move to one of those states or is this mandated on a federal level? One possibility is that as an EU citizen you could both move to the Netherlands or someplace in europe that does tolerate trans couples and use free movement laws to get yourself back to the UK, or maybe just live your lives out together in another country. I know it sucks and that you shouldn't have to do this stuff as a citizen of your own country but at least you could be together? Good luck bro.

Lonely husband 2 says:

November 19, 2012

"Article 8 under the Human Rights Act "the Right to a Family Life" must apply here."

It's right to respect for family life, not right to family life. Its a qualified right not an absolute one. It was designed to address issues such as the Nazis taking people away from their families in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. I doubt family migration to the UK ever crossed the authors minds.

Article 8 has been ruled not to apply in this area of immigration law and that National Governments do not have to facilitate a couple's choice of where they live. There are some situations which I feel might obtain redress under Article 8 but it won't provide a general remedy to the government's rules. Where I feel will ultimately lead to these rules being thrown out is in a challenge under EU law on the principles of citizenship of the EU and that or reverse discrimination. i.e.that National governments should not treat their own citizens less favourably than those from other EU countries.

In 2009, being unable to find work,and unwilling to accept unemployment benefit for longer than the few weeks I had, I accepted a job offer in Las Vegas (I am fortunte enough to be a dual citizen, thanks to my American mother, but grew up in England). In Las Vegas, cliched as it sounds, I met my now-husband.

We have been together now for nearly 3 years, and married for 18 months. Because the economy in Vegas was so bad, we ended up getting teaching jobs in China, where we are now.

Believe me, there is nothing I want more, now, than to return home (I havent yet been back since I left in 2009), especially as my parents are retirement age, and have none of their children around them. However, now that 3rd party sponsors are not accepted, and my husband cannot apply from a tourist visa to the spousal visa, we are stuck.

In short, I feel like I have been exiled from my own country. I love England, and my husband is a hard working man, with lots of good work experience under his belt. He would be an asset to any country (I say that even though Im biased!). My parents would be more than happy to accommodate us, while we find work, but I simply do not have 18000 quid in the bank!

I want to go home. And with my husband beside me!

If folks check out the Liberty UK website look up 'Voluntary Sector Advice' then 'Whats amounts to a family life for purposes of Article 8' - it gives a pretty clear indication what is / is not covered.
Similarly its well to understand these 'rules / regulations' are not Law unless they have been put before Parliament and passed into Law by Act of UK Parliament.
Parliament would not pass rules / regulations that are opposed to the ECHR because that could open the UK up to the ECHR taking legal action against the UK.
This is why May has successfully been challenged in Court and has lost her cases and her rules found by the Court/s to be UNLAWFUL.
The ECHR is now part of UK Law under the 1998 UK Human Rights Act - that is what the Courts of England & Wales uphold and is the legal framework that Judges and Lawyers use.
All you need is to hire the best lawyers and the funds to pursue your case thro the Courts.

My wife is Nigerian, we got married in May 2012 & she is expecting our baby (a son named Ethan) in December 2012. Her & her 6 year old son. Mitchel (whose natural father never sees him) have been refused a visa to be with me (a UK National) because I do not earn sufficient self-income taxable income in their opinion even though I pay my mortgage, bills, etc on time. Due to the unfair decline decision,we are now having to run 2 households as she has to stay in Lagos & me in Darrtford, Kent which is causing both of us financial hardship when having one household in the UK would be cheaper. Our basic human rights to be a family together have been totally ignored & when my solicitor asked the Visa processing team about this matter & stated the breaches under the Act, they refused to acknowledge this fact or provide him with an explanation. I have just paid £380 to book in a court date for my case to be appealed which means it could be September 2013 before an actual date is booked for me. So much for the goverment values relating to family life as I will miss Ethan growing up because I may never earn enough to satisfy their criteria. My parents may also never meet their grandson because they cannot afford the costs of travel, etc, to Lagos, The processing team in Nigeria seem to have been told to use any excuse to decline an application so the total fee of £1,800 paid by me to try & obtain the UK Visas seems to have been used only to boost the profit of the department & does not give you 'value for money'. The whole situation is scandalous & Teresa May should be ashamded of herself for the complicated & unfair rules her department are now applying, I wish I could request a personal meeting with her to discuss my case but she will never agree to this!

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Like many others my wife's visa settlement application was refused because we got some of the paperwork wrong, i.e. documentary proof of my income. Although there was a lot to gather and get done I did all that in less than the FOUR WEEKS allowed.

Then FTT took FIVE WEEKS just to open the envelope and charge my credit card.

Then it's THREE WEEKS to send it back to the refusing location.

After that it's a staggering SIXTEEN WEEKS to do what will take a few minutes, i.e. check through all the documents to confirm all is well.

This is in effect a PUNISHMENT of couples, almost putting them both in solitary confinement, FOR DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG.

I presume the idea is to present another obstacle, TWENTY-EIGHT WEEKS, to marriage between a British citizen and a non-EU national. This government really is morally bankrupt.

i am extremely furious about this new law i married the love of my life and he is abroad and i am here alone when i need him the most whilst i am pregnant. this new law is against human rights. i am so upset. i wish david cameron and theresa suffered like me and other people who are affected by this crap law!!! :(

with this inquiry will we find out in april if the law has been changed....because they have said that an inquiry report will be issued in april 2013 so will this be to say that law has changed or will be just to say what the parliament has said about this...and will this further have to be taken in to court for the law to be reversed or will be able to be just changed if the parliament decide to change it ...

plz somebody get back to me on this as soon as possible thanks

Im really shocked that in this day and age we are been Dictated too yet what seems like another Nazi Goverment.. But this time they will stop genuine people who are in love getting married and or been together. But it's still ok for the British Goverment to let other illegals into this country and give them all the benifits, cars, houses etc and some even upto £60k + per year in benifits. So where is the logic in that.
They say we need to earn minimum £18.600 a year to have our loved ones with us and more if we have kids. But yet the economy is on a downwards slope and people who earn 40k in London today can earn nothing tomorrow. I'm a mature Student having to learn a new trade in the hope i can find a way of getting that kind of money but it's looking more like not as the jobs in my part of the country pay minimum wage even for a Skilled job.

But the worse part about all of this, is that i have found my soul mate....... I wan't to be with her every min of every day, we speak whenever possible via the interntet but still not the same. However, this year we do plan on getting married. But it's looking more like i will have to leave my Country to be with her and set up life somewhere else once we are married. I have a very close family which i love so much and i will miss out in such alot if im forced to move to another country.

SO WHY ARE MY HUMAN RIGHTS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM ME?

I like many other 1000's of people who fall into this bracket, that don't earn that much money are been forced to choose between love and happiness or a life without unless your Rich and want to become Richer.
It's just not fair.....

Because of this Goverment and MPs who might i had earn Ridiculous amounts of money for falling asleep half the time or making false Income & expenditure claims. So at the end of the day the RICH get RICHER and can marry and have kids, where as the poor STAY poor and can't have.

Now does that sound like NAZI Ruling or what!!

WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE & MAKE A DECISION THAT WILL AFFECT 1000s TO HAVE HAPPINESS IN THERE LIFES???

I wrote to the inquiry because these laws will keep my daughter and her husband apart like so many others. She went to work in China and during that time met and married a lovely Chinese man nearly two years ago. Rather sooner than anticipated they are expecting a baby but the joy of this is entirely overshadowed by separation. Because there were no English speaking doctors where she was and she had some early pregnancy worries she decided she needed to come home to have the baby. Her husband is unable to get a visa so he will not be able to give her loving support, see the birth of the child, or be part of the baby's early life. It will be difficult for our daughter to find a job which would guarantee her the £18,600 salary and we would have to sell our house to get close to the savings required. As she has the main salary in China she would find it difficult to return to work until the child is old enough to access child care. Ideally she would love her husband to be able to come here to study to improve his job prospects but even that might not be possible. We live in a global world where it is possible to meet your partner anywhere and we need international laws to reflect this. 30 years ago I married an 'alien' only he wasn't a little green man, just another human being who happened to come from a different country. Our children have been brought up to work hard and to use their gifts and talents to serve their communities so rather than being a drain on society they will be a blessing, albeit not very wealthy ones. But then money should not be the only criterion with which to judge a person - honesty, kindness, generosity, truthfulness etc are far more valuable assets. Surely governments want to see loving, supportive and committed families as the foundation for a flourishing society and they need to ensure that these families have the resources they need in order to develop. In our case this might simply be the right to have our children and their spouses near us so that we can offer financial and other support to them in order to help them through the early stages of marriage and parenthood. This is what families have been trying to achieve throughout history, why stop it now? No, the right to marriage is not as equal as some would like to believe and some human beings are not as equal as others either.

To say my family is heart broken a.d torn apart is an understatement! My Son met his fiancee two years ago while we were all holidaying in Thailand. My son has travelled to Thailand 7 times to be with her for short periods and she came to UK last year for 3 months. They were planning to marry this year but had to put it off because of the birth of my first Grandchild. My son and I went to Thailand last month 4 days after the birth. Because of the new rules they will not be able live as a family, He will not be able to watch his seat Son grow up, He will not be able to support his soon to be lovely wife in the way that a Husband has the right too, He has been denied fatherhood and the basic right to be married and support each other. I have been denied my Grandson and my Daughter in law whom I adore., I have also been denied the option of helping this beautiful young family both financially by giving them the rum of my home, free from rent, I am more than happy to pay all bills also as I have a good job. The rules are so so wrong in every way. My only option would be to sell my home and give my son the proceeds nut then where would I live? The government have targeted people outside the EU in order to look as though they are bringing the immigration numbers down, but immigration outside the EU makes up only 2% of immigration. As British citizen we have to do something about this injustice. I find it barbaric, unjust and blatant discrimination to British citizens who happen to fall in love with non EU citizens. TERESA MAY, give these people a chance! You should be ashamed of yourself!

Sorry about above spelling mistakes, using my cell phone.

This is ridiculous please where are the human right people, we are respectable tax paying BRITISH CITIZEN, we being DENIED the RIGHT of our family. Let me ask this, so is only the RICH PEOPLE that can enjoy family life in U.K? PEOPLE if this did not change, WE HAVE TO CHANGE IT WITH THE POWER OF OUR VOTE, PLEASE EVERY BODY. AM HAPPY THAT MORE THAN 75% ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS LAW OF £18,600 TO BRING THEIR WIFE. VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY SAD.

All that seems to be needed is a populace tier system:-
1. British Born & Bred
Has the right to marry whom they choose and live in the country of their birth, without any monetary barriers.
2. Foreign Born but migrated and educated as a child in the UK
As above
3. Foreign Born and migrated to the UK as an adult
To marry and bring spouse to the UK you must be earning more than £18,600 a year

Seems pretty fair most foreign born nationals have dual citizenship.

Example:
If a British Born & Bred married a foreign national and then they got divorced, the foreign national could stay but must earn £18,600 to marry again or bring in relatives (this would cut sham marriages).

Simple really

i myself am totally shocked at what has happened ,MY wife is due to go for her interview this month july 2013 to apply for her visa to come here in northern ireland ,I am at my wits end because of whats happened and now it looks like my marriage is over before its even had a chance to start ,coming up to our first anniversary nxt month aug 2013.WHAT or who gives this government the right to decide who can and who cannot enter any country ,I work and i work hard for my wages although my wages do not meet the requirements set out by teresa may ,,,,HOW can the government justify this when THEY were the ones who froze the wages and capped them .I work for the NHS as a nurse support worker and the job i do is tough but my wages do not justify the hard work i do n also my collegues ,over worked underpaid and now because the government has capped my pay rises they are punishing me again .by saying U MUST EARN 18,600 PER YEAR ,,WELL IF THAT iS THE CASE I WANT MY PAY RISES FOR THE LAST 3 AND A HALF YEARS ,THEN I WILL MEET UR REQUIREMENTS .YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONTROL ,MANIPULATE ,AND DICTATE TO PEOPLE ,AND BECAUSE OF THIS YOU HAVE BROKE RELATIONSHIPS ,BREAKING HUSBANDS AND WIVES APART ,SONS AND DAUGHTERS ,,,,,,LET NO MAN SEPARATE THAT WHICH GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER ,I HAVE A RIGHT LIKE OTHERS TO LIVE AS A HUMAN BEING ,,,NOT A SLAVE

When I was 17-years-old, I returned to England with my 2-year-old son to offer him a better life and return to education, with many goals and ambitions in life. I had just escaped from a very violent relationship in Spain with my son's biological father.

I returned and did so very well for myself, I studied hard and began University last year, 2012. I met a wonderful person who helped me in every way and adored my son. My partner is from Colombia and is a Police Officer in his own country.

We did not marry in England due to the Immigration Laws as we believed that we had to say goodbye forever. My son was devastated, as well as myself, after my partner left England. We had no other choice. I suffer from a personality disorder and depression after my hard time in Spain and his departure made things worse. I could not continue at University.

I decided to travel to Colombia to be with my partner, hoping to have a happy life with him there as the rules are not so strict when it comes to visas.

We married and are the happiest couple you could meet, with plans of having children and buying a house together in the near future. Sadly, life in Colombia is not for my son and I, especially being with a Police Officer where we are surrounded by danger at all times. I also fell sick in Colombia and have been forced to return home for medical attention.

I'm not 19-years-old, I'm an author (www.hayleylugassy.com) and a Teacher of English and my son is 4-years-old. Many judge me because of my age although I am a very mature and responsible young woman. My husband is in Colombia as I write this without knowing when we will see each other again.

I am seeking employment where I will earn enough money to bring my husband here but as we all know, this is easier said than done. I'm 19-years-old, where the minimum wage is terrible and I have a child to look after. The government are expecting me to work 2 jobs, leave my son with a babysitter after school as I do not have family members here to help and wait by myself for who knows how long to see my husband again.

I came home with dreams of having a good life and finally finding happiness in my own country and I have found nothing but misery. After what my son has gone through, he deserves to have a little stability in his life and this law certainly isn't giving him this.

I'm a strong woman who fights for what I want, I do not cry every day, instead I'm constantly sending out C.V.'s hoping that somebody will love who I am (which I am very sure they will!). I want my husband to be here my by side, I need some support and so does my son.

My family rights have been thrown in the bin although I'm fighting my way through to reach them again, as many of us are.

I do not wish this on anybody and I hope that all of you keep fighting until we are reunited with our loved ones. This is NOT fair and something should be done about it.

I'm heartbroken, I'm sure many of you out there are too. Good luck!

.I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS A PRICE TO BE PAID FOR LOVING SOMEONE ,,WONDER WHATS NEXT ,ARE THEY GOING TO TAX US FOR EXPRESSING LOVE TO OUR FAMILIES NEXT ,,LOVE IS A FREE GIFT .SO WHY IS THERE PENALTIES FOR THIS ,,18.600 PER YEAR BECAUSE YOU LOVE SOMEONE ,ANYONE IN THERE RIGHT MIND KNOWS THIS IS BEYOND A JOKE ,,EVEN THE BIGGEST FOOL .LIFE IS NOT ABOUT MONEY ,LIFE IS ABOUT SHARING ,CARING ,LOVING ,SUPPORTING ,CHERISHING ,HELPING ONE ANOTHER ,I WONDER WHAT THE EXCUSE WOULD BE IF THERE WAS NO MONEY ,

i just got a news letter while at the hospital about the propsed cuts to the national health service which i work for .more wage cuts more job losses and massive austerity measures across the NHS WITH ANYTHING FROM 300 MILLION POUNDS PLUS IN CUTS ,WELL THATS MARVELOUS .CAN TERESA MAY EXPLAIN THAT .CAN SHE EXPLAIN HOW THE HELL ANYONE CAN MEET THE DEMANDS OF 18,600 PER YEAR WHEN THOSE CUTS JUST PROVE THE REALITY OF INTENTIONS BY HER AND HER GOVERNMENT .THIS GOVERNMENT KNOWS FINE WELL THAT THESE DEMAND ARE CALLOUS .CONTROLLING ,MANIPULATING .I DO NOT CLAIM TO BE AN EDUCATED MAN FROM EATON,CAMBRIDGE OXFORD ,OR ANY OTHER SCHOOL LIKE THAT ,I COME FROM A NORMAL EDUCATING SCHOOL SYSTEM ,BUT I DO HAVE COMMON SENSE ,WHICH IS WHAT YOU LOT IN THE GOVERNMENT LACK ,YOU HAVE NOT GOT A CLUE ABOUT LIFE ,YOU NEVER FELT HARDSHIP OR STRUGGLED BECAUSE YOU LIVE OF THE TAXPAYERS BACKS ,,TAKING 60 THOUSAND PLUS IN WAGES EVERY YEAR NOT INCLUDING EXPENSES .AND YOU CALL THAT FAIR ..MAKES ME SICK TO THE STOMACH WHEN I WORK TO SAVE LIVES HELP THE NEEDY AND THOSE ON THE PATHWAY. TO LOVE AND COMFORT THEM IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED ,,,TO HOLD THEIR HAND AND STROKE THEIR HEAD AND TELL THEM EVERYTHING WILL BE OK ,WHILE MY STOMACH CHURNS KNOWING THEIR DIEING ..BUT YOU LOT GET GREAT DELIGHT IN CAUSING PAIN AND SUFFERING TO THOSE WHO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS ,BY SEPARATING THEM NOT ALLOWING THEM TO BE A FAMILY .LAUGHING AND MOCKING PEOPLE IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED AND AND CAUSING THE DEATH OF MARRIAGES ALL OVER THE UK ,CAUSING GREAT PAIN AND SUFFERING AND ANGUISH TO GENUINE PEOPLE WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A FOREIGN WOMAN OR MAN ..ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING .GET OF OUR BACKS AND DO THE JOB YOU WHERE ALL PUT IN POWER TO ,RUN THE COUNTRY ,FOR THE PEOPLE AND STOP DICTATING ,CONTROLLING AND MANIPULATING

We all need to take these stories to the European court of human right , the more the better! We need to take it to the top. Get straussburgh to have a real look at what the government is doing here in the uk to British people and their spouses.

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