According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), the United Kingdom is the least family-friendly of the 38 countries surveyed.
The index compares integration strategies in 38 nations, including all EU Member States and other industrialized countries such as Japan, Canada, the United States, and Switzerland.
ILR is a critical step toward assimilating into British society and enjoying the rights and benefits of permanent residency. It enables persons to live, work, and study in the United Kingdom without regard to time constraints. However, it is critical to keep the ILR status by following immigration regulations, as any protracted absence from the UK or involvement in illegal activities can jeopardize the ILR status.
Non-EU Residents’ Challenges in Family Migration to the UK
As a result, non-EU residents in the UK who want to invest in their integration will face more incredible difficulty and cost than virtually anywhere else in the developed world in reuniting with their spouses and children, settling permanently, or becoming citizens.
In addition, this July marks the third anniversary of the implementation of family migration regulations, which have impacted and continue to impact thousands of families across the UK. The MIPEX data is widely available to the general public, and critics of the current immigration laws should bring it to the attention of the UK government. Funding and monitoring cuts may also erode the UK’s established international strengths in anti-discrimination and equality legislation, with the UK lagging behind other English-speaking countries.
A spouse visa, also known as a partner visa in the UK, is a form of visa that allows persons to reconnect with their spouse or partner who is either a British citizen or an established person in the UK. Within the UK immigration system, this visa type falls under the Family route.