"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.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Elderly couple face separation after wife’s visa application is rejected for a second time.


A grandfather from Wales faces separation from his Canadian wife after her visa application was rejected for a second time.

Jeff Walters, 72, lives near Tycroes in South Wales with wife Bonnie, who is ten years his junior The couple were married in 2003 but initially lived in Canada because she was homesick, WalesOnline reports. But last year the pair decided to return to the UK so Jeff could live close to his children from his previous marriage, as well as his nine grandchildren.

Bonnie entered the UK on a six-month visa and when this expired, the couple then paid more than £500 for an ‘extended stay visa’, the site reports. This would allow Bonnie to stay in the UK without taking on British citizenship.

'Go Home’ Campaign: a public meeting on supporting immigrants in London was fantastic, tonight.

Great speakers, lots of ideas, lots of information.

See here for details of the next one - which I'd recommend attending :


https://twitter.com/migrants_rights :
Great presentation from Rita Chadha on the work of @RAMFELCharity work in E. London on how they won the #gohome battle with the Home Office

Packed room :

Immigration ‘spot-checks’ - a legal introduction.


Recent immigration spot-checks have raised a lot of questions about the lawfulness of such operations. Here is a legal introduction on the issue.

https://twitter.com/ICIBIVine :
Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to publish his first report on spot check visits on Thursday 15th August

Government accepts it must consult locally before deploying 'Go Home' van adverts in future.


 Following a legal challenge brought forward by Deighton Pierce Glynn on behalf of two clients of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London the Government has 'confirmed that if any further campaigns of a similar nature are planned, they would carry out a consultation with local authorities and community groups.'

The legal challenge against the 'Go Home' vans pilot was brought on the basis that the initiative failed to comply with the public sector equality duty of the Equality Act which requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to elimnate discrimination and harassment and to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

And Bryant must score!


Attending Chris Bryant’s speech on immigration  had a similar feel to it. After the furore over the racist van, the condemnation of any accounting on immigration, the backlogs built up by UKBA and inherited by the Home Office, the contentious stop and search for immigration reasons and criticisms reining in from every direction, the Opposition should have been able to plant a tremendous blow on the Government. Today Mr Bryant completely missed an easy goal.

Bryant's speech in full :

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
NonEEA spouses shldnt be allwd 2 claim benefits:@ChrisBryantMP Says @JCWInews:they have no recourse to public funds

The Home Office is to be monitored for three months over concerns it takes too long to respond to Freedom of Information requests.


https://twitter.com/BritCits :
They have enough of our FOI requests still pending...way overdue.


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