New NHS Visa
Leena Chouhan | 14.11.2019
19.04.2018 Moore Blatch
So, Theresa May has finally apologised to many Commonwealth citizens whose families were invited to come to build a broken Britain between 1948 – 1971. Yet decades their children face prohibition on employment, access to healthcare and housing, and in some cases removal from the only country they consider to be home.
An apology is at least an acknowledgement of the appalling treatment of these individuals who are victims of the current Government’s ‘hostile immigration’ policies. On Monday the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced a specialist task force was being set up and applications currently costing £229 will be free. She also promised:
Plans to work closely with other government departments to gain information such as pay slips
A new website
A direct contact point
Cases to be resolved in 2 weeks
Yet 3 days later these claims seem to be simply rhetoric, a knee jerk reaction to a long-standing issue that has been highlighted by the Commonwealth conference this week. No firm plans have been announced. We are told that the task force will consist of 20 people. The Migration Observatory at Oxford University says up to 500,000 people could be affected by this issue. A brief calculation shows this is implausible:
Working a standard 35-hour week
Taking 1 hour to process an entire application (this is a very generous allowance for processing time. In our experience we anticipate it will take much longer
Resulting in 1,400 applications will be processed in 2 weeks.
This will mean approximately 498,600 people will remain without access to employment, healthcare and housing for an extended period of time.
If you have been affected by this issue please contact our Immigration team who will be happy to provide legal advice and information to help you resolve your situation on 020 3818 5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org