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Permanent Residency: Unplanned, Uncertain and Unfair

In All, Brexit, Permanent Residency by Adam

Ever since we were all jolted upright by the Brexit result we have been waiting to hear plans of how it might affect all our lives in the UK. However, when it comes to EU nationals currently living and working in the UK, the uncertainty of their future must be a constant worry. There is still no guarantee that they will even be afforded automatic Permanent Residency (PR). It has been hinted at and suggested, but without any promise on the table millions of people are stuck in limbo. Permanent Residency can only be applied for by an EU national with five or more years living in the UK, under current immigration rules. Even then, PR is not guaranteed and a thorough application has to be made. Under the free movement arrangement EU workers don’t have to opt for or worry …

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Spouse Visa Refusal: Feeling a World Apart

In All, Appeals, Brexit by Adam

One of the most challenging sides of UK immigration law is to understand that no matter how strongly you feel, how much you love, or how hard you work…in the end, a decision is made by someone who will judge your application solely on the basis of the information you provide. When it comes to spouses wanting to live and settle together in the UK, a Spouse Visa Refusal can feel like an exceptionally personal attack. But it isn’t. It is just “business.” And it is a business the UK Home Office is making a lot of money out of. Spouse Visa Refusals – why do they happen? As with a great many visa refusals, Spouse Visa Refusals general occur when the Home Office have found any slight detail on your application that they can claim fails to meet requirements. Often …

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Brexit and British Citizenship: a Compatibility Crisis?

In All, Brexit, British Citizenship by Adam

With Trump’s attitude to immigration ignoring the irony of his own past, there is a great risk that there could be implications for attitudes towards immigration in general. We are no angels either, as I have discussed in previous blogs. Rising visa and appeal prices (and U-turns); increases in salary requirements; guesses on what the EU migration policy will be post-Brexit; all bubbling up tension for what might be coming over the next two years. British Citizenship is looking even more precious than before. In the past we have rubbed shoulders closely with the US quite significantly on many world issues, not least the whole Blair/Bush affair.  Some still blame the current climate of terror on that earlier intervention back in 2001 onwards. The “War On Terror” – as it was named – is still rippling and rumbling, and there are …

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Brexit Shambles: or a cover for Institutional Racism?

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan, Immigration by Adam

Theresa May is a very different kind of PM to David Cameron and pretty much all recent male PMs since Blair. She isn’t the “PR” washed, personality-bleached usual character we see at the helm, preened and polished by PR, carrying a great big whip.  No: May is more private, slithery and calculating. And that is why I am not sure I believe Brexit Shambles is all it seems. Martin Kettle wrote a compelling article today (“For Theresa May, immigration matters more than the economy”) highlighting many of the reasons how and why May’s focus seems to be skewed in such a way. However, it still feels that somehow a different kind of narrative is being played, and all the pledges to “unite” are not so sincere. After all, the “all in this together” stance from David Cameron proved to be an …

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Brexit Shambles: Why don’t we listen to our Experts?

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Sir Ivan Rogers is a remarkably experienced, respected and decorated expert in international negotiations – so much so he was knighted in the 2016 honours list. His resignation from his position in Brussels marks another example of the Brexit Shambles we find ourselves in. It is hard to find anything positive that has been said, or could be said, about the process towards triggering Article 50 in March. “March 2017” might still sound a long way off, but it is merely a few months away now.  Small businesses and the self employed are grimacing at their own Tax Returns with a begrudge, but clearer focus than our own Prime Minister seems to have a handle on… the entire independent future of the whole of the UK. Brexit Shambles?  “Shambles” is such a British word – soon it could turn into …

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EU Migrants: Benefits in the Firing Line

In All, Brexit by Adam

It would be hard to be jovial about the new year if your home or job was under threat. However, that is the reality for EU migrants in the UK, welcoming in a new year of uncertainty. Moreover, the cost of EU Migrant benefits is right in the cross-hairs, too. As last year drew to a close, Theresa May was still dodging a commitment to guaranteeing the security of EU migrants in post Brexit UK. For some reason she seems to be clinging onto the stalemate situation of demanding that the EU shows its hand on the issue first. Demanding that UK expats are protected before she will return such a gesture could be a dangerous way to play the EU negotiation game. One of the main problems with the position is that it appears to be entirely political. Both the TUC …

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Brexit Plan: Stop All the Clocks

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan, Immigration by Adam

Two years to leave the union; ten years to negotiate trade deals; and 140 years to process the paperwork of current EU migrants residing in the UK post Brexit Plan. Bureaucracy is one thing…but that is just ridiculous. It’s an astonishing amount of time if you consider we currently live in a world that goes utterly crazy if an online video buffers for a matter of seconds.  If the internet goes down and people can’t access online-banking we have the threat of imminent world-ending panic for the hour or so it takes to get it back up and running. Multi-million-pound deals are done in single meetings, or on the floor of the stock exchange all day, every day. How Many Brexiteers does it take to change a…? So why are the media and the politicians trying to wow or worry …

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Hatred and Hot Soup: Brexit Media Survival

In All, Brexit, Media by Adam

There’s a border-splitting surge about to happen. Records numbers of migrants are overrunning the country right now, and all we have is the media to guide us. And we are all going to DIE this weekend. There’s only one thing to do: sharpen the pitch-forks; ignite the burning torches; pull on the thermals; and head out to battle armed with as much hatred and hot-soup as we can. The Newspaper front pages today capture exactly why I don’t read newspapers any more, other than to see what ignorant people think are “facts.”  Or if my copies of the Beano have yet to be delivered. Even The Express bank on people being stupid enough to see a big red “10p” and be duped into thinking that is the price.  That is until the customer reaches the til to find out what it …

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Home is Where the Heart Aches (Part 2): Priceless Bridges

In All, Immigration, UK Immigration Solicitors by Adam

It has always amazed me how few people stop to consider the sheer weight of the decision that most immigrants have to face when they leaves their home and come to the UK.  Regardless of whether they want to stay for just a few years or on a permanent basis, they still leave behind their home, family, friends, and whole lives. We are lucky in the UK that ever since World War Two, there has never been any real threat to our home land other than a comparatively tiny number of incidents in comparison to all the cold wars across the world. We have seen more terrorism delivered by conflict with Ireland (the IRA) than from any other specific group, despite what the media would have you believe.  Other than the rare threat to our safety, the UK is an …

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Mumbling May: Dragging Brexit Migrant Heels

In All, Brexit by Adam

Angela Merkel and other EU executives are getting increasingly frustrated with Theresa May’s heel dragging approach to engaging with the EU on Brexit terms.  Especially terms regarding what she intends to do with regards to migrant workers. One of the main issues is that May has refused to rule out deportations of current EU nationals in the UK. The argument is based the fear that this could cause an “influx” or a rush of EU migrants into the UK over the two years it will take between article 50 being engaged and the UK finally leaving the EU.  If that was to happen, one of the key reasons for leaving the EU would be undermined. A bit like £350m a week for the NHS?  A false promise that never had any strength to it or guarantee. But it would take 2 …