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Cost of applying for indefinite leave under the bereaved partner concession

EDM (Early Day Motion) 98: tabled on 22 November 2023

Tabled in the 2023-24 session.

This motion has been signed by 56 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House supports the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London’s call for a fee waiver to be introduced for grieving widows applying for indefinite leave to remain under the bereaved partner concession; notes that the death of a loved one brings multiple emotional, practical and financial costs; acknowledges that people whose leave to remain in the UK is tied to a partner who dies are in a particularly vulnerable situation; regrets that the spouses of deceased partners are now required to pay £2,885 for the concession despite the application costing just £491 for the government to process; further notes that people who cannot afford this fee may be forced to leave the UK or face detention and removal after the death of their partner; notes that the lack of a fee waiver for the concession discriminates against women who constitute almost 70 per cent of those on family visas; believes it is irrational for the government to introduce a concession in recognition of these applicants’ vulnerability but first insist on payment of a fee that people cannot afford; and calls for a fee waiver to be introduced.

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.

Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 November 2023
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 November 2023
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Timms, Sir Stephen
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2023
East Ham
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 November 2023
Glasgow South West
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 November 2023
Strangford
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2023
Glasgow North East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2023
Hayes and Harlington
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2023
Liverpool, Riverside
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2023
York Central
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 December 2023
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 December 2023
Dundee West
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2023
Dundee East
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2023
Edinburgh North and Leith
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2023
Coventry South
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2023
Liverpool, Walton
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 December 2023
Glasgow Central
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 December 2023
Central Ayrshire
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2023
Liverpool, West Derby
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 December 2023
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 19 December 2023
East Lothian
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2024
Streatham
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2024
Ochil and South Perthshire
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2024
East Renfrewshire
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2024
Gordon
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2024
Sheffield South East
Tarry, Sam
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2024
Ilford South
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2024
Bedford
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2024
Nottingham East
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2024
Edinburgh South West
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 8 January 2024
North Down
Blake, Olivia
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2024
Sheffield, Hallam
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 January 2024
Foyle
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 January 2024
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 11 January 2024
Islington North
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2024
Motherwell and Wishaw
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2024
Sheffield Central
Osamor, Kate
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2024
Edmonton
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 16 January 2024
Leicester East
Hodge, Dame Margaret
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2024
Barking
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 January 2024
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2024
Inverclyde
Sobel, Alex
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2024
Leeds North West
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2024
North East Fife
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2024
Lanark and Hamilton East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 5 February 2024
Brighton, Pavilion
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2024
St Albans
Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
Signed on 20 February 2024
Oldham East and Saddleworth
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2024
Brighton, Kemptown
Green, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2024
Chesham and Amersham
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2024
Leeds East

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.