In practise this means that veterans must have been living full time in the UK for four years, obtainable via four years of military service, and must pay a non-refundable fee of £2,389 per person. This figure does not include a spouse or any dependent children. But then should a soldier from the Commonwealth wish to bring their family over to the UK, then immigration rules also state that they must earn over £18,600 to bring their spouse over and £22,400 to bring over one child, with a further £2,400 for each additional child. But as a soldier’s basic pay is just £18,600 a year, most won’t be able to afford it. The Army Families Federation (AFF) believes that at least 500 serving commonwealth troops are affected and in 2017 the Royal British Legion spent over £36,000 in grants on ex-soldiers dealing with immigration issues. The Royal British Legion and other campaigners say this is a direct result of an unjust Home Office policy with a neo-colonial mentality, whose deliberate policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for all immigrants was exposed last year by the Windrush scandal.
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