Non-EU spouses of UK nationals in visa limbo after job cuts and furloughs

Posted by on June 8, 2020 11:26 am
Categories: Global Stories

Couples fear they will not meet income threshold as a result of economic impact of coronavirus

British nationals who have spent months apart from non-EU spouses have expressed fears that their separation will become permanent as mass unemployment and furloughingas a result of the Covid crisis could leave them ineligible for visas.

Vicky Scarth, 40, moved back to the UK from Sri Lanka last October to find work in order to sponsor her husband of three years, Vikum, to settle in Edinburgh with her and her six-year-old son. She secured a job that met the minimum income requirement of £18,600 per year, but she was dismissed in February owing to the coronavirus outbreak and has been unable to find paid work since.

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