‘When I discovered the rules, I didn’t believe it at first. I read them again and again – I thought I was dreaming. But sure enough, it did apply to us. I felt helpless. I felt like half a man. I mean – not being able to keep my family together.’
In July 2012, the government radically changed the family migration rules, adding a new minimum income requirement for British nationals wishing to sponsor children, spouses or close family members from outside Europe.
43% of employees in the UK do not earn enough to meet this requirement. Falling in love with a foreigner now comes with a hefty price tag.
My Skype Family is the UK premiere of a documentary play that explores the lengths people have been forced to go to in order to keep their families together as a result of these rules.
The performance lasts approximately 60 minutes and is followed by a 45-minute panel discussion. The line-up of cast and panel members will be announced at a later date.