The new Government is making it a requirement that all spouses coming to the UK will need to know a minimum level of English.
That wasn’t in the coalition immigration policy document. I wonder what else they have up their sleeves that wasn’t trailed?
This is a major development, initially proposed by the previous Government in 2007 alongside the increase in the spouse visa age. In 2008 it was announced that this measure would be introduced but no timescale was given. I still have a long overdue Freedom of Information request on this, it suddenly occurs to me, in fact.
But what about elderly spouses (as in, where the couple have been married for a very long time and they are now both old)? Or spouses with learning difficulties? God knows what practical arrangements they will propose. How do they propose to verify this in an objective way? Will they start approving certain colleges in foreign countries? It isn’t exactly as if UKBA have made a great success of the Points Based System over here…