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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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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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Safety Pins, Flags and Badges: Solidarity or “Slacktivism”?

In All, Brexit, Immigration, Society by Adam

Mass murder, genocide, war, terrorist attacks…whatever it is that happens, so many of us feel compelled to show our “solidarity” with the victims and take to social media. That’s it. For most people, that is the extent of their activism.  It is the limit of their statement of solidarity.  As long as they have been seen to do that, then they are satisfied with themselves. There’s no question that symbolism is an extremely powerful tool, especially when we consider something as poignant as the poppies worn for armistice.  Symbols carry with them an extension of meaning that goes beyond the literal and makes connections with personal and social values. Their connotations are dependent on culture and interpretation, so wearing a symbol is not the same as seeing a symbol².  A cross means something very different for the Christian wearing it than it …

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Lest We Forget the Refugees of Today

In All, Immigration, Refugees by Adam

“Lest we forget.”  It is the phrase of remembrance as we honour the memories of those who have lost their lives fight for the freedom of our country and many others.  I think most people – we can only hope – have at least some understanding of this. I cannot speak for any other country, but I know that in the UK there is simply no excuse for anyone educated in a state school not to know about Remembrance Day and remembrance Sunday. Unless there are specific needs reasons why someone has been unable to learn about these dates, to not know about these dates is a true example of ignorance. A Moment of Silence In the minutes of silence shared on the 11th November and the Sunday (if they are not the same day) people must think of many …

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Immigration: a Political or Racial issue?

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

As the eyes of the political world are on America and the presidential election it seemed the right time to take a step back and ask how the result could affect immigration issues in the UK. In short: it doesn’t. That’s not being obtuse, but realistically there will not be a direct effect on the practical immigration issues for the UK.  However, what is worth considering is how politicised immigration has become, especially in the shadow of the Brexit result, and throughout the US presidential election campaign. Donald Trump has made feathers ruffle by referring to Mexicans as rapists and proposing a wall that sounded more like the Berlin wall of segregation than anything else.  He also proposed the idea of stopping Muslims from entering the US.  Clearly these were deliberately inflammatory statements, and it is hard to cut through …

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Brexit Britannia doesn’t rule the waves

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

The freedom of movement in the EU was one of the key topics of debate in the referendum, often drawing out some very controversial opinions. One of the biggest jobs the current government is going to have to face in its term is the management and negotiation of Britain’s exit from the EU. Negotiation is the key word, and it has to work both ways if there is to be any chance of resolving issues between the UK and the EU.  Many Britons make full use of the freedom of movement we currently have, and indeed many industries in the UK rely heavily on migrant workers. A Bit of Give and Take It seems obvious in a way that in order to maintain some of the benefits of the EU we are going to need to step up and give …

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The Appeal of the UK: the cost of Freedom and Liberty

In All, Appeals, Brexit, Immigration, Uncategorized by Adam

Buried deep beneath the murky underwater of the issue of migration in the UK is a more troubling trend in the cost of justice in the UK.  Filing a visa application is hard enough without having to worry about the cost of funding an an appeal if the visa is refused. It appears that “freedom” and “liberty” have a price. Migration brings an approximate net wealth of about £2billion a year to the UK, so despite some claims to the contrary, it is not a drain on the economy or the public purse. Brexit might well have provided some hope for people who want a more EU-red-tape-free society, but the cost is an entirely different matter.  Some of the migration rules that apply to non-EU or non-EEA countries could start affecting EU migration.  In fact, this is what people are …

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The Devil is in the Detail: why you need the Professionals

In All, Immigration by Adam

One of the most challenging aspects of UK immigration is how the Home Office go to great lengths to make it appear relatively simple.  They helpfully put all the guidance online, showing the eligibility requirements for the different visas.  Anyone can just check they have everything and apply. So who needs the Professionals? Right? Except it isn’t really that simple, and today there will be hundreds, if not thousands of people opening refusal letters that have completely confused them.  They remember that they checked, doubled-checked and triple-checked everything before they posted it, along with hundreds or thousands of pounds in application fees. So what went wrong? That comes down to the specified, detailed evidence and requirements that aren’t so readily accessible online on the Gov.UK website.  They are available, of course, but they are hidden deeper in the internet, much …