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Old 9th June 2012, 01:02 AM
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This is so heart wrenching. Is this retrospective? You're telling me after spending 2 years with my partner, I will now have to leave and we divorce because he doesn't make 25,700 a year? Our partnership will not be recognised by my home country so all hope's gone I guess. I feel so shattered now.

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What about people who have already applied for a spouse or fiance visa and are waiting for an Answer? As my Fiance applied for her Fiance visa this week! Anyone any ideas?

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newlight1, My understanding is that this is retrospective, so it would not only apply to those who have already applied for their visas, but also to those of us who have gotten them and also to people who have been living in the UK as a spouse but not been there long enough to qualify for ILR yet.

If it passes, my husband and I would be fine but it would mean that we would have to choose between having a child together (which we both very much would like) and staying in the UK. Having a child together would mean we were a 2 child family and I am pretty sure the maintenance requirement for that is somewhere around 46,000 pounds which is more than he makes.

I'm going to hope that, as WestCoastCanadianGirl said, the changes won't be as severe as rumoured. And if they are then I am going to really enjoy my 27 months in the UK and then I suppose my family and I will be packing up to move back to America after we get to go through the whole visa process in reverse for my husband this time.

Trying not to let it put a damper on my Visa Glee but I have to admit it has me a bit down.

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And here is the response by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) about the Home Secretary's proposals, as mentioned in the Guardian article. It gives an interesting slant to the issues in question from a pro-immigration pressure group:
UNITED BY LOVE - DIVIDED BY THERESA MAY | Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants...

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This is so heart wrenching. Is this retrospective? You're telling me after spending 2 years with my partner, I will now have to leave and we divorce because he doesn't make 25,700 a year? Our partnership will not be recognised by my home country so all hope's gone I guess. I feel so shattered now.
No official announcement has been made. Best to wait for an announcement and details.

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So if I apply for my spouse visa now, they'll be judging it on the prospective new rules?

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As I have stated many times here, I think the government will stay firm and introduce rules with as few exceptions and as little wriggle-room as possible to have the desired effect of reducing and discouraging immigration by family members. Next week will be very interesting.

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Trying not to let it put a damper on my Visa Glee but I have to admit it has me a bit down.
I just grabbed a bottle of wine...don't know how to break the news to my partner when he gets up in the morn

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And here is the response by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) about the Home Secretary's proposals, as mentioned in the Guardian article. It gives an interesting slant to the issues in question from a pro-immigration pressure group:
UNITED BY LOVE - DIVIDED BY THERESA MAY | Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants...
They wrote that in response to the Guardian Report already? In just a few hours? Wow!

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newlight1, My understanding is that this is retrospective
I hope not, I hope it only concerns those who have no as of yet applied.

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They wrote that in response to the Guardian Report already? In just a few hours? Wow!
No. MPs have been briefed about proposed changes a few days ago.

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