Marking the first anniversary of the ferocious family immigration restrictions, we’re keeping up the pressure on decision makers. There’s been a good amount of publicity about the restrictions over recent weeks, thanks largely to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s report into the rules, the subsequent debates and a number of media exposes on different aspects of the rules and what people can do to unite their families in the UK. This is an excellent opportunity to keep up the pressure.
Yesterday, 19th June 2013, saw a Westminster Hall debate on the family migration rules. To start with a positive, there were in excess of 30 MPs who attended the debate for at least a part of it. This reflects the pressure ordinary people are putting on their MPs to deal with the injustices the rules are causing.
Virendra Sharma instigated the debate pursuant to the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s report on the impact of the rules last week. The main focus of this report was a look at the impact of the income threshold of £18,600 which a sponsor must be earning before being able to bring their partner to the UK
A Father will be allowed to join his wife and twins after Upper Tribunal agrees there are exceptional compassionate circumstances allowing him to be exempt from the English Language Test.
Liz Farrow a BBC Assistant met her husband while she was studying in Yemen. They got married in September 2010 and soon after their marriage Liz had to return to the UK to get back to work, her husband was not allowed to join her. She gave birth to twins on 9th July 2012 and has been struggling as a single mum as her husband has twice failed the English language test implemented as a requirement by the Government two years ago. Liz has been separated from her husband for over 3 years.
JCWI will now publish news and notes from the cases our legal department are fighting. We hope this will give ideas to lawyers, hope to others in similar situations, and point out the inequities of the immigration system to policy makers. It might also serve to show what a fantastic and hardworking team we have working for immigrants' welfare here.
The incompetency of our asylum system and the ever changing Immigration Rules on Family Migration have separated a family since 2004.
In the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s Speech we examined the plans for landlords to be made de facto border guards. To have the onus of checking immigration status of prospective tenants placed upon them would have added thousands of miles-worth of red tape for thousands of middle and upper class people – the very people the Conservatives would like to have vote for them in 2015.
A student from Nigeria wants to rent a flat for the final year of her studies in Liverpool. She’s so far been in University Halls of Residence, but in her final year she wants a flat on her own so she can properly concentrate on her dissertation. She finds a little studio in Toxteth and thinks she can afford the rent. The landlord is happy to rent it to her, but needs to check her immigration status to comply with the new regulations. He is alarmed to see only 10 months left on her visa, the contract for the flat is (as ever) a 12 month lease. He is sorry, but doesn’t want to risk contravening the rules and ends up letting the place to a UK resident.
Habib Rahman’s keynote speech at Oxford Migration Studies Society conference on 4 May 2013
For far too long, immigration has wrongly been depicted in a negative light and the debate has often been underpinned by xenophobia. Immigrants and the concept of immigration have been demonised to such a level that, in spite of an enormous amount of unquestionable evidence of the positive contribution to British economy and society by generations of migrants and refugees, public negative perception about immigration has recently sunk to a new low. This is mainly due to unabated irresponsible and unfounded negative media portrayal of immigration, particularly by tabloid media
Monday’s public premiere of Into The Fire was a resounding success. A packed lecture theatre in the School of Oriental and African Studies watched the film and hear from the film makers Guy Smallman and Kate Mara, Habib Rahman, Chief Exec of JCWI and one of the refugees featured in the film.
Since its online launch just nine days ago, the you tube film has had very nearly 63,000 views, which is a tremendous amount for a 40 minute film on YouTube. But public screenings are invaluable as they get a number of people together to watch the film and afterwards discuss ways they can help affect change, and to address the points brought up by the film.
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