The Surinder Singh immigration route: how does it work?

The “Surinder Singh route” has become well known to British citizens seeking to be reunited with their family members. The toughening up of UK immigration rules in July 2012 – particularly the introduction of the minimum income rule with its labyrinthine documentary requirements, and the awful elderly dependent relative rules – has resulted in an ever increasing number of split families. The Children’s Commissioner has described affected families with children as “Skype Families”. An old Court of Justice of the European Union case called Surinder Singh provides a potential means to rely on family-friendly EU free movement laws rather than the harsh UK Immigration Rules. There are other relevant cases…

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