The provisions of the new Immigration Rules which came into force in July this year relating to sponsoring adult dependant relatives presents a "catch 22" situation for British and settled sponsors in the UK and their elderly relatives. It seems that the British government (which has sought to present itself as "family friendly") has no time for emotional ties and companionship when deciding whether adult children can have their elderly relatives join them in the UK. If you meet one requirement of the rule (that you are financially secure enough to sponsor your parent to join you in the UK) then you seem destined to fail at the second hurdle which requires that you demonstrate that the care required by the elderly relative cannot be "bought" in their home country. Surely there is scope to challenge such a rule on human rights grounds and we expect that it won't be long before the Courts in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK are hearing the arguments. Little comfort though for British and settled adults worried about their elderly relatives.