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spouse visa rules

UK spouse visa rules: unfair and discriminatory

Long gone are the times when spouses of British citizens were admitted freely to the UK or given life-long right of abode without extensive representations from immigration lawyers. Gone are the times when the spouse of a British citizen had to pass through a probation period of two years before applying for indefinite leave to remain. From July 2012 rules have become complicated, particularly for some categories of migrants, or rather for some categories of British citizens who have the whim of marrying a non-Brit.

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New rules on family migration

The changes to Immigration Rules relating to family migration to the UK came into effect on 9 July 2012. Despite the obvious tightening of immigration control to the UK through the affected categories, we must all now contend with the infamous FM Appendix, poor drafting and unclear provisions that make it difficult to get a grip on what the changes actually mean.

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