Impact assessment

Changes to family migration rules: impact assessment

Impact assessment on the changes to family migration rules.


Changes to family migration rules: impact assessment

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Immigration enriches our culture and strengthens our economy, but uncontrolled immigration places unacceptable pressure on our public services and can damage community cohesion.

The government is reforming the immigration system as a whole to ensure that we balance firm controls and fairness and provide a system that is right for the UK and meets our international obligations.

As we continue to reform other parts of the immigration system, it is right that we look to extend that balanced approach to family migrants, to ensure that we have consistent rules and expectations, fair for applicants and the taxpayer.

Published 13 June 2012