Under the new Rules parents will only be able to come to, or remain in the UK for settlement if they can demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care that can In real terms, the Immigration Rules make this practically impossible to meet.
Of course that’s not what the government has said, but having written to everyone, from Labour politicians to my local (Tory) MP; from Clegg to Cameron, not one has been able to give a single example of when a parent would satisfy the new criteria.
It makes a mockery of the Conservative’s family manifesto of making “Britain the most family-friendly country in Europe”.
This is a guest post by Brett, a British citizen from Australia living and working in the UK.
Consider someone in the following scenario: British citizen, higher-rate tax payer, not claimed a penny in benefits, lives in own house, worked for HMG for several years, active member in community. Father - aged 63 - living alone in Australia, dependent on his child.
Yet, this British citizen cannot have his father join him in the UK.
Under the old Rules, a British person could sponsor parents, from the age of 65 who are financially dependent on the relative here subject to meeting certain requirements including a requirement to be able to maintain and accommodate them.
Are these the values we want instilled in the next generation, given parents are often the ones who have made sacrifices in order for their child to have a better future – just to be abandoned when they need something in return? The government stating is therefore a farce and clearly contradictory in its application.
What’s mind-boggling is that a British person cannot have their Australian (non EU but Commonwealth with the Queen still the head of state) parent living with them in Britain yet a German can have their parent, from anywhere in the world, join them in Britain.
Does this sound as preposterous to you as it does to me? Yet even with an undertaking that my dad will obtain private medical insurance and neither he nor I will claim benefits, the government won’t let him join me, because we cannot satisfy the new criteria (but then my point is, no one will).
On c) If you don’t have enough money to send to them to buy help, this means you don’t have money to look after them in the UK without recourse to public funds - so you can’t sponsor them.
So you’re damned if you have the money and damned if you don’t.
Would you leave your parents welfare completely and totally to a stranger?
When they’re 24 hours by plane away, is that even reasonable, given you can’t check on and meet them regularly?