"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 27 June 2013

Family migration not even fair for UKBA's own caseworkers


As the momentum of public opinion builds against the immigration rules relating to family migration, it appears that even some employees of the Home Office would not qualify to bring a foreign national spouse to UK.

A quick search of Civil Service job postings indicates that the UK Border Agency are not even paying their staff what they deem to be a sufficient amount to support your family. For example a Caseworker position in Manchester will draw a maximum salary of £17,377, over £1000 short of meeting the financial requirement. A Border Force Assistant Officer position at Gatwick Airport will be £57 over the threshold, if the employee is lucky enough to draw the maximum salary for this position of £18,657.

This demonstrates one of two things, either the Home Office staff aren't paid enough or that the threshold to meet the financial requirement of family migration is too high.

https://twitter.com/JCWInews :
If you think the family immigration rules are appalling, join the day of protest on 9 July


https://twitter.com/APPGMigration :
Working hard on family migration (2nd debate in @UKHouseofLords), access to free healthcare, and party conferences. Busy few weeks.

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The @ukhomeoffice & @DefenceHQ reviewing armed forces immigration rules with the family migration rules

Border guard suggestion infuriates GPs.


Doctors will not become immigration agents, deciding if patients are eligible for NHS care, medics have declared.

Medical professionals at the BMA annual representative meeting in Edinburgh expressed their fury at government suggestions that doctors should check the eligibility of non-UK patients seeking treatment.

BMA GPs committee deputy chair Richard Vautrey (pictured right) said: ‘Doctors are many things. They must not become immigration officers and border guards.’

Dr Vautrey said GPs had become used to being blamed by the government for the problems facing emergency medicine and other issues in the NHS.

‘The focus has turned to the crime of GPs treating patients in need, GPs treating the asylum seeker or the refugee, GPs treating the vulnerable and those who need our care,’ he said.


Indications emerged yesterday that Nigeria would impose a £20,000 visa bond on UK visitors if a planned £3000 bond on Nigeria pushes through


Illegal immigrants should be given a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain, in a “seismic” policy shift designed to improve relations between the Conservatives and ethnic minorities, a prominent Tory MP has said.

Nadhim Zahawi’s provocative call will put him at odds with the party’s leadership, which strongly opposes the move, although it has been advocated by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Opponents argue that offering an amnesty would make Britain a magnet for immigrants.



UK’s visa bond: Yet another reason to skip London.


British home secretary Theresa May or she may not. But even the idea that the UK could demand a 3000 pound bond from tourists it deems “overstay” risks has caused Indians to hyperventilate into a righteous uproar. The proposal has been called “racist” and “discriminatory.”

There are threats of retaliatory measures. David Cameron is being threatened with electoral doom if Indian-origin Brits turn their back on him in 2015. We have worked ourselves up into a lather of indignation. Rightly so. It’s not like the Brits paid any bond for overstaying their welcome in India back in the day and as a friend pointed out they certainly didn’t send their “best and brightest”. Poor Narendra Modi! Just as the Brits seem about ready to give him that coveted visa finally, poor Modi might need to follow in Tagore’s footsteps and renounce it saying “The time has come when badges of honour make our shame glaring in their incongruous context of humiliation.” 

Unfair. Discriminatory. Unacceptable. Racist. These are just some of terms being used to describe the proposals by Home Secretary Theresa May to impose a £3,000 bond on visa applicants from ‘high risk’ countries, a list that includes India, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The pilot visa bond system would start in November and require that visitors from the selected countries would have to pay a £3,000 bond, to be refunded when they left the country – provided they had not overstayed. It has been suggested that this policy would eventually be rolled out to other visa categories such as work permits and student visas.


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