Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants - Campaigning for justice in immigration, nationality & asylum law & policy since 1967 https://www.jcwi.org.uk/rss.xml en Family reunited https://www.jcwi.org.uk/node/2399 <span class="field-wrapper">Family reunited</span> <div class="body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked with conflict since the 1990s, with over 3 million killed. Mrs T was a member of a dissident political organisation in DRC. In 2003, she was detained by DRC authorities and subject to horrific torture. In 2004, she fled to the UK and sought asylum. Asylum was refused as her account was considered inconsistent. JCWI obtained medical evidence to show PTSD and trauma had affected her memory, and she was granted asylum in 2008.<br /> Throughout her asylum claims, Mrs T repeatedly and continually mentioned her family in DRC. She had lost contact with her children after being detained in 2003. In 2008, through the British Red Cross, she finally traced her children, who had found shelter in a church in DRC. Intent on reuniting with her children, her limited resources and the conflict in DRC meant she could only reunite with one of them, BT, in 2011. Four years later LM, BT’s twin brother, was refused refugee family reunion because the Home Office didn’t accept he was Mrs T’s son. Their relationship was proven by a DNA test. Meanwhile, Mrs T was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.<br /> The Home Office continued to argue that LM had an independent life in DRC and could maintain his relationship with his mum and sister through the internet and telephone. We argued that living on a church floor, desperate to be reunited with his family, was certainly not an independent life.<br /> The Tribunal allowed the appeal, and directed that the Home Office grant entry clearance to LM. Finally, after 12 years, Mrs T is about to be reunited with her child.</p> </div> </div> </div> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/1357" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SarahMarcus</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:45</span> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:45:10 +0000 SarahMarcus 2399 at https://www.jcwi.org.uk When deportation splits families https://www.jcwi.org.uk/node/2398 <span class="field-wrapper">When deportation splits families</span> <div class="body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>We act for a client who with his wife and two children was subject to a deportation order. They have a third child who is a British national and who suffers from a serious heart condition. The Home Office has now granted 30 months’ leave to remain for the wife and children after their appeals were allowed. However, in the same judgment, the Upper Tribunal ruled that the father of the family must be deported as he is classed as a serious criminal offender.<br /> This ruling splits this family. JCWI has now lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal and await a decision on permission. In our view this appeal raises the important principle as to how the appellate courts must consider the family life rights of serious criminal offenders and the best interests of children.</p> </div> </div> </div> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/1357" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SarahMarcus</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:44</span> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:44:22 +0000 SarahMarcus 2398 at https://www.jcwi.org.uk Grant of indefinite leave to remain for former child refugee after 9 years’ wait https://www.jcwi.org.uk/node/2397 <span class="field-wrapper"> Grant of indefinite leave to remain for former child refugee after 9 years’ wait</span> <div class="body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Our client fled Libya as a child and was allowed to remain in the UK on a discretionary basis when he arrived here as an unaccompanied minor. Due to turn eighteen, he applied  - in time - for further leave to remain.<br /> He never received a Home Office letter inviting him for interview for this application and as a result the Home Office deemed his application withdrawn and served him with a removal notice.<br /> This meant he lost his access to benefits and became homeless and destitute.<br /> He then approached JCWI, whose actions prompted the Home Office to acknowledge that the application for further leave to remain had been wrongly treated as withdrawn. It was therefore accepted that he had made an in time application which was still outstanding.<br /> Our client's benefits were therefore reinstated. Folllowing the submissions made by JCWI, the Home Secretary agreed to grant our client indefinite leave to remain outside of the rules.<br /> This was granted in January 2017. 9 years after he applied for further leave to remain, and after periods of street homelessness caused by administrative delays and mishandling of his application, our client can finally build a secure life in Britain.</p> </div> </div> </div> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/1357" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SarahMarcus</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:41</span> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:41:55 +0000 SarahMarcus 2397 at https://www.jcwi.org.uk Karen Maclean https://www.jcwi.org.uk/node/2368 <span class="field-wrapper">Karen Maclean</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/1357" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SarahMarcus</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Tue, 12/13/2016 - 15:33</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-sort field-name-field-sort field-type-float field-label-above"> <div class="field-label">Sort</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">29.00</div> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:33:34 +0000 SarahMarcus 2368 at https://www.jcwi.org.uk Farah Rangosch https://www.jcwi.org.uk/node/2367 <span class="field-wrapper">Farah Rangosch</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/1357" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SarahMarcus</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Tue, 12/13/2016 - 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