Rules that came into force a year ago require any British citizen who wants to sponsor their non-European spouse's visa to be able to show they earn at least £18,600 a year, rising to £22,400 to sponsor a child, and a further £2,400 for each further child.
A Home Office spokesman said the rules had been designed to make sure those coming to the UK to join their spouse or partner would not become a burden on the taxpayer and would be well enough supported to integrate effectively.
"High-value migrants would not be refused because their British spouse or partner was not employed," he said.
"They can meet the income threshold by having cash savings of £62,500 or through their own private income, for example from investments. We have also introduced greater flexibility for those holding investments to liquidate them into cash in order to meet the rules." - bbc
The deal is simply this. Either the British spouse is capable of supporting the non-EU spouse, or the non-EU spouse is capable of supporting the British spouse....and economy. Besides this being pretty much racist as it does not apply to EU citizens, it can also be seen as an effort to acquire ‘foreign financial aid’ from the excluded whom want to be included.
This is basically charity or 'foreign aid' that is being expected from 'high-value' migrant spouses that, in effect, subsidises the responsibilities and continuing fiscal irresponsibilities of the British elite.
If you look at the income threshold expected of migrant spouses of British citizens - £62,500 savings or private income or investments - one might not be blamed for thinking that the British government are hoping that migrant spouses can contribute to the support of the British economy, government, and people as opposed to the British and EU citizens themselves.
How many Brits have £62,500gbp in savings, or likely to have that in a lifetime for goodness sakes. This is quite the impoverished nation when you look at the people. For instance, a £50 note is not something you see very often - whereas in singapore, $50 is as common as cockroaches. This is basically charity or 'foreign aid' that is being expected from 'high-value' migrant spouses that, in effect, subsidises the responsibilities and continuing fiscal irresponsibilities of the British elite.