Family and private life immigration rule changes 9 July 2012

Information about the new rules on family immigration, including the minimum income threshold and the legal challenge to it.

This collection brings together documents about changes to family immigration that were implemented on 9 July 2012. It also includes information about the legal challenge to the most significant change, the minimum income threshold.

The changes included a minimum income threshold for partners and children who are:

  • non-European Economic Area nationals
  • applying to settle in the UK with someone who is already resident here

These are mainly applications under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules.

These documents will give you detailed information about:

  • what changed on 9 July 2012 and why
  • how UK Visas and Immigration makes decisions on applications
  • the legal challenge and how it affects applications

What changed and why

These documents include announcements about the changes, consultation responses, impact assessments and the report of the Migration Advisory Committee.

UK Visas and Immigration processes

This is operational guidance that staff use when considering applications from family members. It shows you how they make their decisions.

This section tells you about the legal challenge to the minimum income threshold, how it affects applicants and the number of applications on hold.

Published 21 March 2014
Last updated 24 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. This collection has been updated to gather together all of the detailed information on the rule changes and the High Court legal challenge that followed them.
  2. First published.