The government announced in February that non-EU citizens who have been working and living in the UK for 5 or more years must now meet a £35,000 minimum income requirement to be able to remain in the country. While this doesn’t change the income requirements for Family Migration, it does vastly expand the government’s push to tie immigration to wealth, and will affect a wide variety of students, educators, and skilled workers across the country, many who have likely now established families of their own. What becomes of children born as UK citizens when their parents cannot stay?
The announcement swiftly was swiftly met with a petition to scrap the requirement, which received over 100,000 signatures and so has compelled Parliament to debate the topic. An email today has announced the debate will be held Monday, 7 March at 4.30pm.
In that email the petitions committee has invited input and feedback to help inform the debate. They say:
In particular, we would like to know:
- How will the £35,000 income threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK affect you?
- Is the introduction of the income threshold affecting your future plans?
- How will the introduction of the income threshold affect your business, your workplace and/or your community?
The deadline for comments to be considered in the debate is midnight on Thursday 3 March 2016.
This is super short notice! They are encouraging commentary on the UK Parliament Facebook page:
You can also contact your local MP directly tell them why this debate is important to you and suggest any points you would like them to raise. Find out who your MP is and how to contact them here.
You can watch the debate live on Parliament TV: http://parliamentlive.tv/