'... Immigration Minister Mark Harper went on rather disingenuously to imply that the rules would be of benefit to soldiers and their families:
"I am pleased to announce these changes to the Immigration Rules, which will remove unnecessary differences in the treatment of the dependants of British and Foreign and Commonwealth HM Forces personnel. The Armed Forces community makes a huge contribution to this country and they deserve our respect, support and fair treatment."
'In reality the end of the concession means that any ordinary soldier earning less than £18,600 (more if the soldier has any children) will have to leave family behind when stationed in the UK. This may include British children, as it will not in practice be possible for the children to live in the UK unless the foreign national spouse is also admitted.'
Spotted on Facebook :
'After months of getting documents, of planning and expense I still cannot meet all the visa requirements so have cancelled my wedding. Landlord refused to give permission for him to live with me partly because of worry about the implications of the new Immigration Bill - so it would be an automatic fail. SS is only way but is a long route necessitating a sabbatical from work. Taking time out from the relationship to lick wounds.'
Previously - 'No dogs, no cats, no Americans' :
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