APPG on Migration to publish report on the impact of the rules changes to family migration.
More bits and pieces on the APPG and other work going on in Parliament here :
https://twitter.com/migrants_rights tweets :
Archbishop of https://twitter.com/RCWestminster speaks out against the new family immigration rules that put a price on love
Today I express a particular concern for the well-being of families. Economic and time-period thresholds recently established for non-EU families to be united here are putting great strain on the vital unit of the family and could be seen as actually putting a price-tag on the value of family unity. Given the proven importance of the family for social stability, surely it is for the common good that immigration policies must be more sensitively shaped in such matters.
Save Roseline Akhalu - weblog.
Roseline arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on a student visa, to study for a Masters Degree at Leeds University.
She unexpectedly developed end stage renal failure in 2005 and remained on dialysis until she was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant at St. James Hospital, Leeds in July 2009.
Roseline has applied for leave to remain in the UK but has been refused. Roseline’s consultant has stated that unless Roseline is able to continue taking immunosuppressant drugs which are costly and unavailable in parts of Nigeria, her transplanted kidney will fail and she would have to resort to dialysis again –a treatment she could not afford. Without this she will die.
Roseline has never been allowed to work and has been supported since 2007 by parishioners from St Augustine’s RC Church, Harehills and the St Vincent de Paul Society. Roseline is loved and respected by her fellow parishioners and many people in the wider community who have formed close friendships with her. In spite of her health problems, Roseline has volunteered tirelessly in the parish and is actively involved in a number of community based groups.
Please sign the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-deportation-of-transplant-patient-roseline-ak/sign.html#se calling on the government to grant Roseline Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
Quintessentially English | The visa application saga.
For those of you who read my post Another Two Years, you know that on 4 April I sent off my application for an extension of stay in the UK. Then on the second of May I went down to the Post Office to give my biometric data (fingerprints and photo). On 9 May, I was delighted to find a thick parcel from the UK Border Agency sitting in my post box. Could this actually be my passport and biometric residence permit back?!
Well I did receive my passport back but for all the wrong reasons. Unfortunately my application had been deemed invalid because I, like a complete and utter moron, didn't tick a box saying that I hadn't committed any war crimes. This meant that my application was incomplete and could not be approved. Not only that, but the application forms and fees had changed on 6 April meaning I needed a completely new application and to pay an additional higher fee than the one I had already paid.
Homeless in London? Here's a train ticket for Birmingham
The plight of a mother and daughter forced to live in a hotel room 127 miles from their former home in the capital.
English Disco Lovers. Pro-disco.
https://twitter.com/emmabmoussa tweets :
yBeen with my lovely https://twitter.com/londrisso 4 years, married neally 2, we have a beautiful baby boy plz UKBA stop this worry nd let us b a family :-(
https://twitter.com/EricAvebury tweets :
Victims in informal relationships who leave abusive partners with UK residence don't qualify for leave to remain http://bit.ly/12Exjbl
https://twitter.com/bimadew tweets :
Still confused about this new way of describing people as "British-born Nigerian" when they mean "British person".
https://twitter.com/DipoFaloyin tweets :
as my mum just said, they'd probably leave off the Nigerian part if those two boys had just won an Olympic gold medal.
https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn tweets :
Gordon Sq centre of Woolwich. Sunny day, bouncy castle, ethnic foodstalls. Praise be - life goes on as normal
Just been stopped by burly white guy handing out leaflets. Save Woolwich Fire Station they say. All the way pal.
Now the Greenwich filipino community is parading around wiyh a Virgin Mary. Same old Woolwich folks!
https://twitter.com/helenpidd tweets :
Makes me proud to be British. York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football http://gu.com/p/3g64j/tw
https://twitter.com/AdamWagner1 tweets :
Deprivation of British nationality following terrorist allegations didn't leave man stateless, rules CoA
The UK's immigration crackdown will lead to a loss of international talent.
Help for Heroes 'not accepting EDL donations'.
EDL make themselves look stupid... again.
Amnesty slams EU human rights protection over migrants and minorities.
https://twitter.com/FifeMigrants - Fife Migrants Forum.
https://twitter.com/GuidoTallman tweets :
Seems the organisers of Hay Festival have called it right over Goodhart's sensationalist and dubious book. Hurrah!
American wins Gloucestershire cheese-rolling race, despite health and safety warnings.
Great train journeys of the world. Free movement!