Rules changes for armed forces personnel and their familiesOn 8 November 2013 new Immigration Rules were laid before Parliament affecting members of HM Forces and their families.
The new rules come into effect on 1 December 2013 and bring the rules for armed forces personnel in line with the general family migration rules. This means that, with effect from 1 December 2013:
- members of HM Forces wishing to sponsor a non-EEA dependant to come to or remain in the UK will have to meet a minimum income threshold
- a basic English language requirement, at A1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), will apply to all non-EEA partners seeking leave to enter or remain in the UK as a dependant of a member of HM Forces;
- to qualify for settlement, all non-EEA partners and children between the ages of 18 and 65 will be required to pass the Life in the UK test and hold an intermediate speaking and listening qualification, at B1 level on the CEFR;
- all non-EEA partners of HM Forces personnel granted leave under the Immigration Rules will serve a 5 year probationary period before being eligible to apply for settlement.
The full details of the changes can be found in the UKBA document, Statement of Changes: HC803.