"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.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Family immigration campaigners planning meetups in Manchester and London in next few weeks.


 The family immigration campaign group, BritCits , is planning meetup events for people directly affected by the immigration rules which have now been in place for 12 months.

There are dates for two of these events:  Manchester on the 20th July ( 1130am near Manchester Piccadilly) and London on 4th August in London, (midday Southbank, nearest stations: Waterloo, Blackfriars).

BritCits are hoping to meet with people who want to get active in the campaign to change the rules by undertaking work in their local areas by, for example, getting their stories told in the local meda and lobbying local MPs.  It will be an opportunity to brainstorm for ideas on best ways to raise awareness and drive change.

If you would like to join BritCits at these meetups please register at http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/

'List of documents we had with us'.


Found on Facebook. List of documents used when entering the UK via Surinder Singh. Very useful for those considering this route.

We moved to Greece as my husband had an employment contract. The contract wentsouth rather quickly, so we planned our escape, so to speak.After he had been there for three months (I was there for two as I joined him after amonth),we gathered our documentation and headed for England. We did not apply for entry clearance prior to arrival.As I am American, I did not need to apply for an entry visa ahead of time. Additionally, Istill had a valid multi-entry visit visa in my passport, as I entered the UK in March andreceived a multi entry visa at that time.When we arrived at Gatwick, we entered the non EU line. I approached the ECO andsaid we were not sure which line to go through, as he is British and I am American andwe are asking for the family permit visa and were executing Surinder Singh...

https://twitter.com/Ad_Matt :
OCC inundated by accounts of children divided from loving parents by 2012 Family Migration Rules. Find out more at http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk

Policy advisor on children subject to immigration control at the Office of the Children's Commissioner. (Views are my own.)

https://twitter.com/emmabmoussa :
hubbie said he thought the west had human rights but here we are in the situation where our son either loses mummy or daddy


'I thought western countries were very civilized. I don’t really understand why this is happening. I am sure no other country would allow a mother to be taken from her child or expect a father and child to live in another country.'
- http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/on-1st-september-2013-british-family.html

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
UK Ireland plan to have a common visa system to encourage tourism and business

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
How very interesting..different angle on reality tv shows..observe the immigrant learning english

The reality show will feature ordinary British families teaching four immigrants how to speak English in their own homes.

The immigrants featured in the show all entered the UK over one year ago, coming from nations including: Poland, Colombia, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo. None of them have managed to grasp the English language and the purpose of the show is to offer them much needed assistance and determine how they have survived in the UK for over 12 months without learning the language.

Each immigrant will spend one week with a British family, each of whom will use their own unique tactics to teach them the English language.


https://twitter.com/BritCits :
Radical thought:remove immigration conditions for Brits married to non-EU person returning home for elderly parents

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
What can Lebanon teach Australia and UK about refugees.

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
MPs urged to stop stoking anti-migrant mentalities as a result of failure of public policies

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
Life in the UK test a barrier to immigration, and ripe with inaccuracies.

The Life in the UK test has always included what many of us might consider trivia. Information such as the number of MPs in the House of Commons or how to claim a National Insurance number is not probably known by most British citizens. But the test has gone from a test about practical trivia to the purely trivial. Information about how to contact an ambulance, how to report a crime or how to register with a GP has been removed. Instead, applicants are required to know the year that the Emperor Claudius invaded Britain, the approximate age of Big Ben’s clock and the height of the London Eye in feet and meters. Consider the following dates in the life of Sake Dean Mahomet that must be memorised by rote: birth (1759), first came to the UK (1782), eloped to Ireland (1786), opened first curry house (1810) and death (1851). Furthermore, it must be known that he married a woman from Ireland named Jane Daly, that his curry house was called the Hindoostane Coffee House and it was established on George Street in London.


https://twitter.com/BritCits :
UK needs MORE immigrants to cope with our ageing population and rising ublic debt.

https://twitter.com/APPGMigration :
Backlogs hit half a million at immigration service say @CommonsHomeAffs in latest report

OBR predicts prolonged austerity if net migration falls below 140,000 a year.


 The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), an independent expert body set up by the coalition government to assess the prospects for the UK economy, published its third fiscal sustainability report (FSR) yesterday, Its central focus is the anticipated costs to the economy of supporting an ageing population.

The report features a chapter on “the impact of inward migration in the long-term projections” which considers the contribution which can be expected from migration to the sustainability of public services as the economy develops in the future.

The FSR assumes that net immigration will stabilise at 140,000 incomers a year from 2016 onwards. It defines this as a ‘low migration’ projection. The coalition government is currentluy aiming to push net migration well below this figure, to reach 'tens of thousands' by 2015.


Spotted on Facebook :

Job vacancy, over 18.600. Bear in mind it's dealing with UKBA in part, but I love the irony of someone being able to sponsor their spouse due to a job which has been created due to UKBA's demands.


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