Justice and Home Affairs Committee
All families matter: An inquiry into family migration

1st Report of Session 2022-23 - published 28 February 2023 - HL Paper 144



Chapter 1: Introduction

Families Matter

A decade of reform

The experience of separated families

Our approach

Evidence programme

Structure of this report

Box 1: Note on terminology

Chapter 2: The state of play

Box 2: The Immigration Rules

An inconsistent interpretation of “family”

Table 1: Inconsistent eligibility rules

An outdated understanding of family

The best interests of the child

Box 3: The Government’s obligations to children in immigration law

Three common pathways

The Adult Dependent Relative route

Table 2: Number of visas issued to parents or grandparents
of British citizens, permanent residents in the UK, and refugees in the UK

Box 4: Overview of rules relating to the admission of the adult dependent relatives of citizens, permanent residents, and refugees

The route for spouses and partners

Box 5: The financial requirement from 2012 to date

Family reunion for child refugees

Table 3: Grants of refugee status to children

Chapter 3: Additional hurdles

Delays in processing applications

Box 6: Statistics on appeals against immigration decisions

A lack of communication

Cost of applying

Table 4: Fees in respect of routes to settlement in the UK for some common scenarios

Box 7: How application fees are set

Difficult access to legal advice

Box 8: Law Commission report on the simplification of the Immigration Rules

Chapter 4: The societal impact of family migration policies

Social cohesion

Fiscal impact

Self-exile: people leaving the country

Impact on the NHS

The position of local authorities

An additional burden for the Home Office

Chapter 5: Overarching recommendations

List of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Evidence is published online at https://committees.parliament.uk/work/6818/family-migration/publications/ and available for inspection
at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

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