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Spouse visa minimum income case heard last week
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UPDATE: Outcome now known and reported here.
Last week the Court of Appeal heard the Home Office appeal in the spouse visa minimum income case. The judges heard argument over two days and did not give a decision there and then. The timescale for a decision is unknown but is likely to be weeks rather than months.
You can read a lawyer’s perspective on how the hearing went here. The fabulous Brit Cits turned out in force as well as submitting a witness statement on the effects of the minimum income rule on families. They have also done a very fulsome write up of how the hearing went.
From an external observer’s perspective, the stand out moment in the hearing was captured on Twitter by @BritCits:
Judge: "So you mean it's easier for affluent ppl to integrate than poor ppl?" Govt: Yes.
— BritCits (@BritCits) March 7, 2014
As I understand it the legal team consisted of Sanjeev Sharma of JM Wilson Solicitors in Birmingham, instructing Manjit Gill QC, Richard Drabble QC, Danny Bazini, Tony Muman, Ineza Hussein and Navtej Ahluwalia and Harjot Singh of Britannia Law Practice LLP instructing Ramby De Mello and Aftab Rashid.
It is highly likely that the judgment will not be the final word when it does finally arrive. Whoever loses is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court, a process that could take many months even if it is accelerated because of the urgency.