House of Commons
Suspension of income requirements for family visas
EDM #880
Tabled 14 September 2020
2019-21 Session
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.

Signatures (43)

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
15 September 2020
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
15 September 2020
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
15 September 2020
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
15 September 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
15 September 2020
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
15 September 2020
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
15 September 2020
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
15 September 2020
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
16 September 2020
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
McDonnell, John
Labour
16 September 2020
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
16 September 2020
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
16 September 2020
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
16 September 2020
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
17 September 2020
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
17 September 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
17 September 2020
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
17 September 2020
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
17 September 2020
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
17 September 2020
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
17 September 2020
Osborne, Kate
Labour
17 September 2020
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
17 September 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
17 September 2020
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
18 September 2020
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
18 September 2020
Ali, Tahir
Labour
18 September 2020
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
18 September 2020
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
20 September 2020
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
20 September 2020
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
21 September 2020
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
21 September 2020
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
22 September 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion