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FREE MOVEMENT WILL NOT END ON 31 OCTOBER 2019

Posted On: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 @ 12:56 pm by Sallie Davies

The government caused panic among EU citizens living in the UK when it recently declared that free movement for EU citizens would end overnight on 31 October 2019 if the UK left the EU without a deal. Suddenly the original no-deal plan - that EU citizens would still be able to enter the UK for three months – was dead. EU citizens already living here did not know how they would get back in if they went on holiday for example. Those planning on coming after 31 October 2019 would face – what? No one was sure but that is what happens when a government makes manipulative, ill-considered, publicity-seeking announcements.
This weekend’s Sunday Times reported a U-turn by the government and we are now back to the original no-deal plan for 31 October 2019.

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RIGHT TO RENT CHECKS LEAD TO DISCRIMINATION

Posted On: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 @ 4:23 pm by Sallie Davies

Most people who want to rent a property must prove they have the right to live in the UK. If they cannot provide that proof they will not be able to rent. Since 2016 landlords have been required to conduct Right to Rent checks and face steep penalties if they rent to someone who is in the UK illegally. It seems that fear of these penalties has led landlords to be wary letting to people who are not British.

A High Court Judge has now told the government, in no uncertain terms, that the Right to Rent checks lead to discrimination on grounds of race and nationality and are in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. .

The case was brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants which presented wide ranging and well researched evidence that landlords were discriminating against anyone without a British passport and with a foreign sounding name. In an extensive survey, landlords confirmed this to be the case.

Now we wait to see what the government will do. It carried out virtually no research of its own before or after the introduction of the legislation in 2016 to ensure that these measures were not discriminatory. The Judge says that it was easy to forsee that the checks could lead to discrimination

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Are you a 'Dreamer'?

Posted On: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 @ 11:52 am by Sallie Davies

You may have heard of the ˜Dreamers’ in America. These are undocumented migrants children who entered the United States illegally with their parents when they were young . They have lived all their lives in America and most came from Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. American politicians are currently arguing about whether or not they should be given the chance to get legal status. Under Barack Obama they were given that chance but President Trump wants to stop this as part of his drive to remove illegal immigrants from America.

There are people in the UK in the same situation. Brought over here when they were small (sometimes very small) children, often on a visit visa or entering illegally, but they stayed here with relatives. Sometimes they came to the UK because a parent had died or was unable to look after them. They went to school here, got qualifications, made lots of friends, and now find that they cannot go to college, rent a flat or get a job because they cannot prove they have the right to live here. And yet they feel British because the UK is all they have ever known.

The difference between here and America is that UK Dreamers do have a chance to make themselves secure with a legal status. They can apply for leave to remain on the grounds of private life and after ten years they can apply for indefinite leave to remain and then later, British citizenship. It is an expensive and long-winded process, - too expensive and long-winded - but security is the reward.

Let us hope the Americans give these young people the same rights. They should not be penalised because of the actions of the adults who cared for them.

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Home Office Immigration Fees: The Truth

Posted On: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 @ 12:31 pm by Sallie Davies

Peace of mind does not come cheap when the Home Office is involved. Our non-EU clients regularly pay between £1500 to £2000 in fees to the Home Office. There’s the £1464 to enter the UK as the partner of a British citizen plus a £600 Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Or the £993 for leave to remain plus £500 IHS

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European Union Citizens in the UK. Are we any closer to certainty?

Posted On: Friday, June 30th, 2017 @ 1:48 pm by Sallie Davies

Recently the government produced its proposals for ‘safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK Nationals living in the EU’. At last we have some idea about what Brexit will actually mean for EU citizens in the UK – but it’s only an idea because the proposal has yet to be negotiated with the EU.

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