JCWI is pleased to assist The Office of The Children's Commissioner in their research into the impacts of the Family Immigration Rules of July 2012. We have below a questionnaire that you can download if you are the parent, step parent or guardian of anyone under the age of eighteen who has been affected by the Rule changes of July 2012, please take the time to complete the questionnaire as this will provide invaluable data in the battle to achieve a fairer immigration system. In the words of Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England:
The campaign against the family immigration rules of July 2012 suffered a setback last week. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office’s appeal against a previous ruling which cast a shadow of doubt on the legality of the £18,600 minimum income requirement.
Blake J in the High Court in 2013 held that the new immigration rules introducing the new minimum income requirement for sponsoring a non-EEA partner/ spouse to live in the UK, of £18,600 (with additional sums for each child) was unlawful on human rights grounds. The Secretary of State appealed this decision, the Court of Appeal has allowed her appeal.
The Administrative Court, in a powerful judgment handed down today, has ruled the Legal Aid residence test is unlawful. This is some much needed good news and confirms that Legal Aid for all who need it is here to stay (subject to any onward appeal by the Ministry of Justice).
JCWI launches a new report on the Adult Dependent Relative Rule.
Between October 2012 and September 2013, the Home Office issued just 34 visas for Adult Dependent relatives to come to join their families in the UK. Families have to ensure that they can financially support their dependent relatives and there is no recourse to public funds for them. We have been contacted by 111 families who are being torn apart due to stress, anxiety and guilt at being unable to look after their elderly parents when they really need their support and assistance. British children from a migrant background have been unable to benefit from grandparents in their lives and all for a fall of 0.3% in the net migration statistics.
We were sent the following, we liked it because the anger and indignation are matched by the clarity and eloquence of the letter. It should help you get in the mood for the day of activities against the Family Rules on 9 July (details at the end of this post).
Dear Mr. Cameron,
I am writing to you this open letter to let you know how disgusting it is that hard working, tax-paying Brits have lost the right to live with their parent under this government especially, where the parents have no one else to turn to.
We’ve seen the future. Whilst we wait for the various provisions of the immigration Act 2014 to be implemented, the damage started before, with the demonisation of migrant communities. The Act will open the door to widespread discrimination. It will give the racist a law to hide behind, and the fearful a reason to discriminate.
During the passage of the Bill, when reports of proposed new laws were broadcast and reported in our media, some took the proposals as they then were as law. We know of migrants being refused hospital treatment and tests because they “haven’t been here long enough” or they “haven’t paid enough tax to qualify for this service”.
Not wishing to add to the overkill, but a quiet word about the elections if you don’t mind.
There are differing theories abound at the best place to plant your cross to keep the far right from representing the UK in Europe. The important thing is you use your vote.
Today’s announcement on numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK will provide a challenge for anti-immigrant protagonists in the media, politics and down the pub. There has been a fall in the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK since restrictions were lifted on 1 January.
While it must be noted that these figures do not strictly reflect immigration – there are changes in employment status of Romanians and Bulgarians who’ve been here for a while, this should serve to take the wind out of the sails of UKIP, anti-EU Tories, Migration Watch and newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Express.
The lies proclaimed by UKIP in their new poster campaign need a response. The hysteria is palpable, the idea that 26 million people are after your job would be laughable had insecurity not taken such a serious hold on people in the UK today. Here Nandini Archer, currently working with the policy team at JCWI, looks behind the hysteria and lays out the facts.
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