Davey Family

The worst of it all is the uncertainty - will I find work, will it pay enough, will I keep the job for long enough, is this move going to work, will we get the visa, if we don't what will happen?

Davey Family - Affected by the UK Home Office immigration rules

"Aware of the new rules we planned to move to the UK and find work due to my decrease in hours, hoping to start a PhD program. After selling everything we could not fit into several suitcases, I left my family staying with friends in Nevada to find work in the UK. We had been caught in a difficult trap of needing enough money to survive, enough money to meet the financial requirement, and enough to keep up with our living costs in the US and the UK. We finally decided that separation was not working after 4 months, and Karin brought the children over to join me."

"My job search was difficult considering that I could not settle for anything less than the required amount, especially when many of the entry level temporary positions I could find were paying considerably less. I have taken a couple of low paying jobs to get into the work I have now, that is still on a temporary contract but paying just above the required amount. I have had to remain silent on my pursuit of employment for the purpose of getting a visa for Karin, or fear of being seen as dubious by prospective employers."

"I hoped to pursue a PhD and a career in research and academics. This was a key reason for moving to the UK: to attend a highly recommended program in the UK. Having received an offer from this university, and another notable program, I had to postpone starting in order to obtain the visa, using valuable time to break from my career path for two years; however, at the time this was uncertain, and even doubtful that I would be able to return to university."

"Such a situation questions my ability as a UK citizen to claim the freedom of choice in my occupation, as ensured in Article 15 of the ECHR. Obtaining a reasonably paying job following a PhD has been a goal our family has had since we were married 8 years ago. It was clear even early in this process of qualifying for the visa that trying to obtain PhD funding sufficient to meet the income requirement even as a full time student was out of the question, as there is little to no funding for new PhD students in the humanities and social sciences."

"Additionally, having a background in human rights (Kingston University MA, 2011), it is qualitatively clear that the separation of families imposed de-facto by the immigration rules violates the ECHR entitlement to family life. Articles 7 and 9 respectively establish rights to family life and the right to ‘found a family’.  The rules impose a conflict on this basis between family life and political posturing on immigration. We have previously enjoyed life in the UK prior to the rules changing in 2012, and want our children to be near grandparents, extended family and friends."

"Further, it appears that this xenophobic government encourages anti-immigrant sentiment by excluding those unable to meet the financial requirement and passing such measurements off as saving the tax-payer a heavy burden in benefits costs. In reality the difference in benefits my family is eligible for even exceeding the income requirement is low, or insignificant. Since this government cannot lash out at EU freedom of movement it lays the burden of being ‘tough on immigration’ at the feet of families like ours who are all UK citizens, expect one parent, and who find meeting the unreasonable income a very challenging task fraught with uncertainty and separation. It is unjust for the government to deny such an entitlement to family life in the basis of economic status."