Posted on October 03rd 2018
“Your success in life should not be defined by who you love,
but by your talent and your hard work”
Theresa May seems to have had a change of heart. After all, it is her policies that have punished thousands of hard-working, talented British citizens exactly because of who they love, and kept British families apart because of how much – or, more precisely, how little – they earn.
The Minimum Income Requirement, brought in when Theresa May ran the Home Office, means anyone who earns less than £18,600 a year can’t marry who they choose. These are our nation’s care workers, its teaching assistants, the people who keep the NHS on its feet – but if they fall in love with somebody from outside the EEA, marriage is off the cards for them.
Theresa May told her party conference on Wednesday that this is a time of opportunity for the strivers of our country. But what would she say to the woman who works full-time for the NHS and spends her weekends cleaning a 21-acre car showroom, just so she can be with her husband and build the family she so desperately craves? To the student doctor who will be taking his life-saving skills elsewhere because he doesn’t yet earn enough to live here with his American wife? Or to the six-month-old girl growing up without her dad because her family doesn’t meet the threshold? What is this policy teaching her about the state of modern Britain?
The Prime Minister may have had a change of heart, but she hasn’t changed her policy. The Minimum Income Requirement is now over 6 years old, and it continues to affect thousands of families across the generations. From the young couples whose plans to start a family are destroyed, to the pensioners whose grandchildren have been exiled because their parents don’t earn enough to live together in the UK, this is a policy that causes suffering across the board. Enough is enough; it’s time to demand a fair immigration system that works for everyone.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by the Minimum Income Requirement, please email our campaigns officer Mary on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and join the fight against it