"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Are you prevented from sponsoring an adult dependent relative because of UK's immigration rules? If so, we want to hear from you. Please contact [britcits at gmail dot com].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Visa_requirements_by_nationality . Useful for those trying to plan a holiday with their partner - page contain maps of countries which each nationality can visit visa-free, or visa-on-arrival.

Spotted on Facebook.

This is the second time that I HAVE to say goodbye to my wife and my baby at the airport, I still do not know when will be the day we are together again and forever. Tomorrow I will have to communicate with them from skype, my baby will be coming back to interact through a screen, how much confusion it causes this? I will never know. On July 12th I received the e-mail from UKBA in Brazil, saying they have my appeal and take up to 12 weeks to review it and give us an answer. I filed the appeal documents on March 27th and apparently know the result on September 30. We do not know when we will have the opportunity for a hearing with the judge ... The money is coming out of our pockets and we can not see light at the end of the tunnel. No consolation after each bounce, not enough words to soothe this injustice, but every day I have a picture from skype with date, to show my baby that never stopped my appointment with her and her mother. Hopefully these pictures toquel judge's common sense and help our cause and hopefully soon end our ordeal. Thank you all for the support. Mucha paciencia y fuerzas a todos desde Ecuador!


I am a South African citizen that fell in love with, and married a British man. We settled in sunny Suffolk (in his home town) and I started up my own wedding cake company: CRUMB - Bespoke Suffolk Cakes. I was due to apply and receive my ILR (residency) in 2012, but just short of a month before qualifying for my ILR my husband declared an affair - with another South African woman - and left the same day. No longer being able to apply for the visa due to his absence, I have been involved in not only a divorce, but also a fight for the life that I have built up in the UK. I have paid all my dues - including taxes and NIS, and on top of my award winning business (BEST WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER IN EAST OF ENGLAND - 2013 WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS, I also have a full time job at a local hotel as a chef. I applied for my IRL "outside the rules of immigration", but in July 2013 my visa application was refused by the UKBA, even after submitting more than 100 letters of support with my application - and I am now at the stage of applying for an appeal. I will have to go to court in the appeal, and I am hoping to collect as much support as possible. I am now months over my original date of qualification for my UK residency and I believe I have the right to obtain a visa to let me remain in the UK. If I do not appeal, I have to apply for "voluntary removal" and I will be sent away in 21 days.  I would appreciate your help so much and I am happy to answer any other questions involved with my case!


Aldeburgh: Fight to save South African wedding cake designer Anmar Robinson from deportation.


One of pernicious aspects of the July 2012 rule changes ( http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/introduction.html ) - and one that's not often discussed - is how time to ILR is now five years (previously it was two). This puts victims of domestic violence and adultery in a most difficult situation should they try to escape their situations.

While the timeline is different, the case above does highlight this. We will see more and more of these situations over the next few years - including from women trying to escape abuse.

http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/ has done some campaigning on this.

Campaign is stepped up to prevent gran's deportation.


Campaigners are continuing to support a grandmother from Zimbabwe who is facing deportation.

Yesterday, friends of Evenia Mawongera presented 289 more signatures to the Border Agency, in Loughborough.

Via https://www.facebook.com/NCADC

https://twitter.com/ColinYeo1 :
Home Office definitely appealing MM minimum income High Court case. Shame, but no surprise: http://buff.ly/14gDVvx

https://twitter.com/timfarron , president of the Liberal Democrats, says :
I wholeheartedly agree with @caronmlindsay these 'Go home' posters is the politics of division. These billboards must be shredded and now.

Please take action on this.

Follow https://twitter.com/RAMFELCharity :
And now going up to Salford to talk #racistvans on BBC Breakfast

https://twitter.com/savejusticeuk :
#legalaid residence test, #racistvan & now a 'social duty' to hire Brits not migrants http://tinyurl.com/olu7gmg  Outraged? #rallyforlegalaid

Migration researchers on Twitter.


WINSTON Churchill’s great-grandson has declared war on David Cameron’s immigration policy — to save an Afghan interpreter from the Taliban.


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