Okay so I know immigration is one of those sore subjects, and I'll be the first to admit I've bitched about lots of immigrants coming into the country, but you know what, I've actually done some reading up on the whole thing recently and well, it seems that what is covered in the press isn't always the whole story.
Recently I've read shocking stories of couples who are being kept apart because of a silly little thing like not earning enough money (and in some cases, not earning enough, even just £100 too little you'd need £16,000 in savings, plus 2.5x the difference between the minimum amount to sponsor a partner for a visa). Yes that's right £16,000 + in savings, that's money, in the bank that is readily available (nope, loans, own property etc don't count).
Sadly it seems that if you're from another European country and have a non-EU partner you don't have to worry about these rules, you can just settle here with your non-EU partner regardless of how much you're earning and how little savings you have.
Yup, hardly seems fair. Some folks out there do have partners who weren't born in the UK or Europe, partners who want to live with their UK partners, work, pay taxes and enjoy a family life (and no, I don't mean enjoying a family life with just their cat!).
So come on folks, help make a change... at the moment the rules are well, just rushed through and badly thought out, I'm not saying change it so anyone can get a visa, just make it fair... sign this petition and share... who knows if you, a friend, sister, brother etc was to meet their love of their life who just happened to not be from the EU, would you want to be kept apart from them just because of a crazy financial requirement?