Ho ho ho!
been an intense 4.5 years since the now unforgettable 9th July 2012.
Families unfortunately have proven to be an easy target. We are not big
companies whose voice the government hears when tightening of
immigration for skilled migrants proves bad for business. We are not
universities with the power to lobby the government when the very
significant threat to UK's economy from the treatment of international
students comes to the fore. We also do not have limitless funds to
fight the Home Office for our rights; ever increasing application fees
are met with poorer caseworking; for those able to appeal, so often a
win at First Tier Tribunal sees the Home Office appealing further,
seemingly just to buy time and hope the family gives up.
However, whilst companies refused a visa for an employee may find a
replacement, families are not so easily substituted. So we battle on -
together, better and stronger.
Several cases of interest:
#MMcase for partners - decision pending from Supreme Court. (There is
alas no news on when the judgment will be handed down. If you're on
twitter, do search for the hashtag. For those who want to understand
better the workings of the Supreme Court - what the judges do, perhaps
giving an insight into why it's taking so long - watch this on BBC
iplayer - The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers.)
ADR is to be heard at the Court of Appeal in May 2017.
And recent changes to Surinder Singh are terrible - unlawful in my view,
and showing the lengths our own government will go to, to keep Brits
out of the UK.
More on all three issues next year.
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With this, we say adieu to the year and hope you have a very merry Christmas
with your family for those united....and that it's the last one spent
apart from your family, if you are divided.
from Sonel, Steve and Stuart (BritCits trustees).