"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.

Friday 31 May 2013

More from the comments

'My Chinese wife paid over 800 GDP for a Multi Entry Family Visit Visa, only to have it revoked on 6 th May 2013 on her second visit. She made the mistake of applying for the wrong visa back in November 2012 which cost 900 GDP. Instead of giving her a refund they detained her overnight on 6 th May at Heathrow, accusing her among other things of not really being married and treated her like a criminal, taking her fingerprints and photos. We are appealing against this decision in the First Tier Court, this has already cost 140 GBP. My wife is honest, its the UKBA who are criminals, not her.' 

This was in response to http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/from-comments-again-i-understand-your.html , http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/clyde-and-xudan-our-family-is.html

It's worth noting the complex and constantly-changing nature of UK immigration laws, for example in this case -

'In his letter Mr Rawlings cites the 97 changes to immigration laws since 1994 as indicative of how immigration case law regularly causes confusion, with policy changes introduced so rapidly that even officials cannot keep up. '

Previously - http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/hidden-lives-life-in-uk-comedy-gold.html
1/ ... there have been in the region of 97 changes to immigration laws since 1994 already. Yet another change - and these changes, when they come, tend to be both fast and fundamental - is extremely onerous to the applicant, as well as the expense of investing in new study materials. It creates a bad feeling, to say the least.

2/ No doubt this poor change control contributes to the massive backlogs at UKBA which are constantly being uncovered : http://www.channel4.com/news/inspector-uncovers-huge-ukba-immigrant-backlog , http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21178405 , http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2013/jan/24/uk-border-agency-backlog-video?mobile-redirect=false , ad nauseam, ad infinitum.
The Independent Chief Inspector's recent report on the marriage/partnership backlog is here : http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/decisions-in-marriage-applications-are-reasonable-but-chief-inspector-raises-concerns-about-backlogs-and-a-lack-of-consideration-of-the-best-interests-of-children/
.. and here is a devastating report on legacy asylum cases : http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/UK-Border-Agencys-handling-of-legacy-asylum-and-migration-cases-22.11.2012.pdf
Quote via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20436013 - 'At one point there were 150 boxes of unopened mail from asylum applicants, their lawyers and constituency MPs stored in a room at the agency's Liverpool offices. '
More reports : http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/inspections/inspection-reports/2012-inspection-reports-2/
The Independent Chief Inspector on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ICIBIVine

Very happy also to hear that John Vine, an excellent public servant, is to continue in his role as Chief Inspector of Borders :

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