To: Home Office

Keep Families Together

Keep Families Together

Reconsider the 2012 immigration rules for spouse visas.

Why is this important?

Following a change in immigration rules in 2012, a valid, genuine, and even long-standing marriage to a British citizen is no longer considered grounds to allow families to live together in the UK. Nor is having children who are British citizens.

Lulu and India Tanik, British citizens aged 3 and 5, have been seeing their father only intermittently since April 2012. He has stayed with them occasionally on a visitors' visa. Lulu was less than a year old when she came to the UK with her British mother. She learned to walk and talk without her father; she started nursery with only Mummy to hold her hand; and she has just recently begun swimming lessons with only one parent at the poolside. Her father hasn't read to her at night, helped with the first bike ride, or even seen her in her school uniform.

Reconsider this discriminatory law which keeps families apart.

Allow the same rights for British citizens as the government recognises for European citizens, who can live in the UK with non-EU spouses. Citizens of all of the EU countries, as well as Switzerland, can live and work in the UK with a spouse and/or children from anywhere in the world. This right is denied by the UK to its own citizens.

It is time for the Home Office to rethink this law, and allow the families of British citizens to live together.


Reasons for signing

  • I want my dad home
  • Having minimal right or discriminating people to which countries they should marry in is a very lonely, painful, expensive and long process if one does not meet all the stringent visa criteria. Been married 2 years still unable to call over my wife, people are resorting to surinder Singh EU route
  • I'm in the same situation it's heartbreaking and soul destroying :-(

Updates

2015-04-12 21:25:40 +0100

Thank you to everyone who has signed so far.

My family was reunited in Ireland at the end of March, we are so happy to have the chance to be together IN SPITE of the awful discriminatory laws which stop us living as a family in the UK.

So, even though my family has eventually got together, I will not stop campaigning against the 2012 spousal immigration rules.

I will be asking more people than ever to sign this petition, and I will be trying to bring an end to this cruel state of affairs which sees families torn asunder.

Please ask others to sign this petition, each signature is 1 more voice against a law that divides families on financial grounds.

2014-11-29 16:14:02 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-11-25 21:41:37 +0000

Thanks to everyone who has signed, help to keep the momentum going by sharing.
In the meantime, I have made a #missedmoments2012 video. Please watch, share by social media, and like on YouTube. Thank you.
http://youtu.be/j_qa3yMEhCI

2014-11-12 12:10:33 +0000

Thank you all for signing, and sharing your stories with me. I am trying to create a list of people who are affected by the 2012 changes. Please email me with your details: letusseedaddy@gmail.com

2014-11-11 12:52:14 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-11-10 16:35:45 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-11-06 15:03:31 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-11-06 12:47:42 +0000

Thank you to all of those who have signed so far. Lulu and India's plight featured in local press today, see http://ow.ly/DU3O8. Keep sharing the petition with friends, and help to bring these little ones and their daddy together.

2014-11-06 09:40:38 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-11-06 07:17:59 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-11-06 05:51:51 +0000

10 signatures reached