Weekly Immigration News Digest 5th – 11th May 2018

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By Annabel Stuart-Bourne Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
11 May 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


Immigration minister wants to end ‘computer says no’ culture at Home Office | The Guardian | 8.5.18

Minor errors in tax forms has meant that up to 1,000 highly skilled immigrants are facing deportation. In light of this, Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, has said that she wants end this ‘computer says no’ culture. When asked whether she would review these cases, she said that the department has had a big workload so most of the efforts were being spent on the Windrush scandal. Read the full article…

A new betrayal: More than 150 Afghan translators given sanctuary in the UK are told they face deportation unless they pay £2,400 to the Home Office | The Daily Mail | 3.5.18

Afghan translators who worked with the British army to enable communications between troops and locals, are facing deportation as their five-year visas come to expiry. They have been told that they have to apply for indefinite leave to remain like all other migrants in the country, if they want a chance to stay. It is an outrageous betrayal on behalf of the government, treating those who have risked their lives in order to help fight against the Taliban, with utter disrespect. These are individuals who deserve permanent sanctuary in the UK for their efforts. Read the full article…

The Government has since backed down: Read the update…

Theresa May ignored Home Office warnings about potential discrimination from ‘hostile environment’ policies | The Independent | 19.4.18

Denying that her very own ‘hostile environment’ policies have been detrimental to the community since they were put into place, the prime minister now faces an extreme case of ‘institutional hostility’. Migrants are being excluded from healthcare, housing, the job market, and are even reluctant to report crimes at risk of being deported. The ‘go home or face arrest’ mentality of the government is not achieving their purpose of removing illegal immigrants from the UK; rather, it is putting people’s lives in danger and removing access to vital services. Read the full article…

Theresa May announces inquiry into Windrush errors | The Financial Times | 2.5.18

After the third week of questions about the Windrush scandal at PM’s Questions, Theresa May has called for a speedy inquiry into what went wrong. Read the full article…

Rogue immigration solicitors exploiting vulnerable migrants by charging thousands for ‘substandard’ service | The Independent | 8.5.18

Vulnerable immigrants who have very limited resources are paying extortionate prices for solicitors who deal with their cases ‘unprofessionally’. Some of these are completely legitimate claims, yet this laissez-faire attitude of the lawyers is ruining the chances for immigrants to remain legally in the UK. What is inexcusable is the fact that the solicitors are demanding thousands of pounds for their sub-standard services, money which these people do not have. One desperate woman had to resort to setting up a GoFundMe page to raise the funds. Read the full article…

Deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on plans during UK visit | The Sun | 9.5.18

Indians make up a significant proportion of the immigrant population in the UK, something which the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, does not want to change after Brexit. He fears that there will be a ‘mass exodus’ but wants to see Indian students continue to be educated in this country. Following a recent visit, Mr Modi refused to sign the deal on illegal immigration. Read the full article…