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Home Secretary Urged To Allow Commonwealth Soldiers To Bring Families To UK

Senior MPs are calling for serving Armed Forces personnel to be exempt from the minimum income threshold.

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Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat: "If they fight for us, they should be able to live with us" (Picture: PA).

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid is facing increasing pressure to change immigration rules so Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army can bring their families to the UK. 

Senior MPs are calling for serving Armed Forces personnel to be exempt from the minimum income threshold, given their service to the country.

Under current immigration rules, foreign workers must earn £18,600 to apply for their spouse to live in the UK.

The minimum income requirement to bring over one child is £22,400 with an additional £2,400 for each child thereafter.

A soldier’s basic pay after training at the rank of Private is £18,859 a year, forcing many to take on second jobs to afford to move their families to the UK.

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, who was a lieutenant colonel in the British Army, tweeted saying:

"Commonwealth troops should be able to bring their kids to Britain. If they fight for us, they should be able to live with us."

There are currently over 6,000 personnel serving in the UK Armed Forces from foreign and Commonwealth countries, with more being recruited each year to fill technical and specialist roles.

The Army Families Federation (AFF) have said:

"Commonwealth members of our Armed Forces make up a significant and vital part of the UK’s defence capability and as a nation, we ask them to make significant sacrifices to do so.

"Years of enforced separation from their families should not be one of those sacrifices."