Prime Minister Theresa May facing a tough fight to garner British Asian votes as Labour party promises to end the income threshold to bring spouses and tough regulations to get family visas, especially elderly relatives. The prime minister also ignoring the call to remove students from the Net immigration targets….reports Asian Lite News
Seema Malhotra, Labour candidate for Feltham and Heston, said Labour will reform family visas and make immigration rules fairer.
She was addressing an event held at Hounslow mosque. Seem said that Labour will review family visas and look to change the income threshold if elected on June 8.
The event saw 200 people from across the community come together at the Hounslow Mosque on Wellington Road. The debate covered areas including NHS, immigration, policing, Prevent policy and housing.
Seema said: “This is an election about fairness, shared prosperity and about a Brexit that does not harm our economy. I am pleased that Labour will review family visas make the system fairer. We need controls in our immigration system, but we also need care and compassion.”
Controversial maintenance funds requirements were introduced for spouse/ partner visas (affecting non-EEA national partners of British citizens, refugees and people settled in the UK) in July 2012. Various migrants’ rights organisations continue to campaign against the Rules. Following legal challenges to the lawfulness of the Rules, the Supreme Court held the minimum income requirement to be acceptable in principle.
The judgement also said that “need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when making decisions which affect them. The Court also held that the Rules and guidance need to be amended to take proper account of other possible sources of income and third-party financial support.”
Seema said that Labour does not believe family life should be protected only for the wealthy [alone] and so is expected to propose to replace the income thresholds for family attachments with an obligation to survive without recourse to public funds.
“Labour will replace the financial threshold test for family reunion,” she said.