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Suspension of income requirements for family visas

EDM (Early Day Motion) 880: tabled on 14 September 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 71 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that there are thousands of couples and families who are currently separated, or at imminent risk of becoming separated, due to restrictive income requirements for British nationals and settled residents wishing to be joined in the UK by a partner from outside the EEA; welcomes the Minister for Immigration's commitment of 23 March 2020 that no one will have a negative outcome through the immigration system due to a circumstance that was beyond their control; further notes that family separation would clearly constitute such a negative outcome; further welcomes that Minister’s statement of 1 September 2020 that the circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic are exceptional; notes with concern, however, that income requirements continue to be imposed on the sponsors of people applying to enter or remain in the UK with their British families despite those assurances; notes that guidance for caseworkers makes no mention of flexibility in the application of income requirements; is deeply troubled by the potential impact on those who must meet those income requirements of mass job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic; and calls on the Government therefore to immediately suspend income requirements.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
Midlothian
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
East Lothian
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
Argyll and Bute
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 September 2020
Bath
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
Glasgow South West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 September 2020
Stirling
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Edinburgh East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 16 September 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Inverclyde
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 September 2020
Ceredigion
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
East Renfrewshire
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 September 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 16 September 2020
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 17 September 2020
Streatham
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 September 2020
Oxford West and Abingdon
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 September 2020
Edinburgh West
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
Glasgow South
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
East Dunbartonshire
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
South Antrim
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 17 September 2020
Jarrow
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 September 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
Dundee West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 September 2020
Glasgow Central
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 September 2020
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Ali, Tahir
Labour
Signed on 18 September 2020
Birmingham, Hall Green
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 September 2020
Glasgow North West
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 20 September 2020
North Down
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 20 September 2020
Arfon
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 September 2020
Glasgow North
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 September 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 September 2020
North East Fife
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 September 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 September 2020
Livingston
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 24 September 2020
Cardiff West
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 24 September 2020
Bedford
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 September 2020
Edinburgh South West
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 September 2020
Belfast South
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 September 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 September 2020
Lanark and Hamilton East
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 25 September 2020
Brent North
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 September 2020
St Albans
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 September 2020
Orkney and Shetland
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 30 September 2020
Ealing, Southall
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 September 2020
East Antrim
Lockhart, Carla
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 September 2020
Upper Bann
Blake, Olivia
Labour
Signed on 30 September 2020
Sheffield, Hallam
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 October 2020
Perth and North Perthshire
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 5 October 2020
Hammersmith
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 5 October 2020
Dagenham and Rainham
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 6 October 2020
Canterbury
Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
Signed on 6 October 2020
Oldham East and Saddleworth
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 October 2020
Twickenham
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 October 2020
Central Ayrshire
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 November 2020
Richmond Park
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2020
City of Durham
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Glasgow North East
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2020
Liverpool, Riverside
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 12 November 2020
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2020
Coventry South

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.