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Bringing Grandma to the UK - virtually impossible under Immigration Rules

9 July 2012 was all change for many immigration categories, including the Rules on bringing parents, grandparents and other dependant relatives to the UK. Most people have found meeting the higher threshold virtually impossible. Home Office figures show a decline in successful applications from 3,325 a year to just 162 a year.

In May 2017, the court gave its judgement in relation to a case that sought to challenge the Rules on the basis that they were unlawful. The arguments were rejected, although the Court of Appeal has suggested that maybe the Immigration Rules should be more generously interpreted than they have been in the past. So, it would seem that every cloud has a silver lining even if it is a thinly veiled one. The case may proceed to the Supreme Court. Let’s wait and see what happens! 

If you have any questions about this, or UK immigration law in general please contact Mandie Sewa, Head of our Immigration Department, by telephone on 020 3818 5433 or by email at


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