Lisa Giovannetti QC successfully represents Home Office in minimum income requirement litigation in the Court of Appeal

Lisa Giovannetti QC successfully represents Home Office in minimum income requirement litigation in the Court of Appeal


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The Court of Appeal has upheld changes to immigration laws requiring British citizens to have a minimum income before they are allowed to sponsor a spouse’s visa. The rules require a British citizen to have an annual income of at least £18600, rising to £22,400 for those with a child, and then £2400 more for extra children.

In the judgment, Lord Justice Aitkens said the High Court Judgement was not correct and that relevant analysis had been carried out by the Government prior to implementation and the judgement of the Home Secretary “cannot be impugned”. The Appeal Court’s ruling will enable the Home Office to give a decision on over 3000 applications, which had been on hold for the past year.

Please use the following link to read the full judgment in this case: MM (Lebanon) & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 985 (11 July 2014) 

For further coverage of the case please use the links below:

The Guardian

BBC

 


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