Home Office: Give Albert Thompson the right to cancer care
** Campaign success! Albert has now been granted treatment. For more info, please check the update below and keep posted on developments on https://mobile.twitter.com/quiline I am confirming how I'm going to spend the money raised for his treatment as soon as possible with all relevant parties. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone that has supported this campaign. WE DID IT!** #ActionforAlbert Albert Thompson*, 63 years old, has lived in London for 44 years. He has prostate cancer. After major surgery, he arrived for his first radiotherapy session to be taken aside and told that unless he can prove he is legally entitled to live in the UK he will have to pay the full £54,000 for his treatment upfront. For 3 decades, Albert has paid taxes to the British Government. He arrived from Jamaica as a teenager. He has no money and he needs our help. That’s why I’m calling for the Home Office to deal with Albert’s status in the UK so his treatment can be approved right away. Cancer doesn’t wait. Having been a primary carer for loved ones who have had cancer, I know that it is expensive, frightening and depressing. People who do not have a lot of savings or support from elsewhere struggle massively financially, and Albert has been unable to work for some years now due to cancer so has nothing. Even with appropriate support, cancer is a lonely and terrifying journey. I can't imagine the despair that this man must be feeling right now. This is part of a much wider issue too, of people who originally came from Commonwealth countries now not being recognised as legal citizens - despite living in our country for many, many years and contributing in the same way we do. Let's stand up for their rights - and stand up to the increasingly harsh landscape that the Home Office is creating for innocent people that are relying on their country's support at the hardest times in their lives. Please sign and share this petition. *Not his real name Original Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/10/denied-free-nhs-cancer-care-left-die-home-office-commonwealth
Ailing 92 year old Facing Forced Removal From UK
Myrtle Cothill is a frail 92-year-old South African lady. She is at risk of being removed by the Home Office to a country where she has nobody to look after her and nowhere to stay. Myrtle has been living with Mary Wills, her British 66-year-old daughter who is also a qualified carer, since her arrival in the UK in February 2014. I am Myrtle's barrister and I have launched this petition on behalf of her to call on the Home Office to grant Mrytle leave to remain in the UK. Suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and macular degeneration causing sight loss, Myrtle cannot walk unaided, has a chronic cough, poor vision, is hard of hearing and is experiencing increasing confusion. She is unable to care or cook for herself and relies on her daughter Mary for emotional and physical support: Mary helps her mother with her personal care, housework, cooking and shopping. Mary and her 61year old British husband David, cannot move to South Africa to look after her mother there as they have no right to live in South Africa. David is also ill and unable to travel, suffering from Parkinson’s disease and COPD which severely affects his mobility and breathing. Both David’s and Myrtle’s medical conditions are degenerative and likely to deteriorate further in the future. Like any good daughter and wife, Mary deeply loves her husband and her mother and just wants to take care of them. However, the Home Office has refused Myrtle leave to remain in the UK and is expecting the 92-year-old to return to South Africa on her own. This would rip the family apart and leave them broken-hearted. The Courts have felt unable to overturn the Home Office decision, relying the stringent nature of the current Immigration Rules on adult dependent relatives (see below for detail). “My mother just cannot live on her own,” says Mary, “and emotionally, to her as well as for myself, it would really tear strips out of our heart and probably would kill my mother (and maybe myself as well).” The present immigration rule on adult dependant relatives introduced in 2012 makes it almost impossible for British citizens to bring their elderly parents to live with them in the UK in their declining years. Those like Mary who want to help and do the right thing have to deal with the wedge this immigration rule drives between them. It breaks up families like Myrtle’s, Mary’s and David’s, leads to unspeakable heartache and undermines the very essence of family values. We call on the Home Office and the Government to: 1) Grant Myrtle Cothill leave to remain in the UK to live out what days she has left under the care of her daughter; 2) Reverse the amendment of the immigration rule on adult dependant relatives which came into force in July 2012 radically changing the previous rule (which was in place for over 40yrs) which allowed British nationals and other settled persons (i.e. persons with indefinite leave to remain) to be joined by their parents/grandparents aged over 65yrs if they could be accommodated and financially supported by their children/grandchildren without reliance on the public purse. 3) Reinstate the previous immigration rule on family reunion to enable others like Myrtle to be granted leave to remain in the UK. Footnote  The new immigration rule only allows British citizens, and other (non-EU) settled persons, to be joined by relatives where the long-term care they require is either not available or not affordable in their country of residence, but privately payable by them in the UK – this means that the only family members who will be allowed to join their families in the UK will be those who live in countries where medical care is more expensive than in the UK or entirely non-existent.
Help me stay in the UK so I can go to University!
My name is Amin, I’m nearly 21 and the UK has been home to me, my brother and my mum since I was a child. We arrived here as asylum seekers after my parents were forced to flee Iran. I have spent all of my secondary school years here in the UK. But months before I was due to attend University, I found out that I wouldn’t be able to go because I still had asylum seeker status. I had no idea that would happen. I grew up here, made friends here. I saw my future here. The last three years I’ve been waiting for the Home Office to grant me stay in the UK so that I can live my dream of studying medical science at Coventry University. I have now received a place at University but they have told me I can only take it up if the Home Office gives me the right visa status before terms starts. I have three weeks to make this happen. That’s why I have started this petition. Please sign. The most heartbreaking thing for me is that the Home Office has granted everyone in my family the right to stay except me. My mum started the application process for us when me and my brother were children. But they didn’t grant right to stay until just after I turned 18. The Home Office said I didn’t count on my mum’s application because I was now technically an adult. This decision is not only unfair it flies against their Asylum policy which says turning 18 shouldn’t matter. Paragraph 3.7 of Asylum Policy Instructions, Dependents and Former dependents says people like me should usually be counted alongside their parents, as long as the original application was made whilst you were still a child. The last few years have felt like I have been stuck in prison. Until the Home Office makes a decision not only can I not attend University, I can’t work or drive. If they don’t respond soon, I could be forced to leave my family, my girlfriend and my friends and return to a country where I am unsafe with no one. All I want is to go to Uni, be with my family, and get a job where I can make a positive difference. There is only three weeks to go before Coventry will have to give up my place. I urgently need the Home Office to grant me refugee status just like the rest of my family so that I can go to University this year and start living my life again. Last year a petition helped my classmate Brian get leave to remain to attend Oxford university. I hope public pressure can help me too. Please help me by signing my petition.
Help Jennifer stay in the UK with her family and continue doing valuable research
Dr Jennifer Wexler has worked at the British Museum as a Bronze Age archaeologist for four years and is married to my colleague Dr Sam Nixon. He excavates on some of the most exciting sites in Africa. The Home Office have said Jennifer must leave the UK and I’m calling for her to be allowed to stay. Jennifer is originally from the USA and the Home Office say that her application to remain has been rejected because she has spent too much time abroad. This time though was principally for her archaeological research, which was approved by the Home Office via a series of highly-skilled visas. By leaving, she would be separated from her husband of 3 years. The Home Office suggest that he also leaves the country with her, even though Sam is a British citizen, with no work permit for the US. The UK has been Jennifer’s home for over 11 years. Not only has her Indefinite Leave to Remain been rejected but so has her appeal. Her lawyer said she was “bewildered” by the Home Office’s refusal. And Jeremy Corbyn is also supporting Jennifer’s case by writing to the Home Office, saying the decision puts UK’s research reputation at risk. He said: “Dr Wexler is an obvious asset to the UK due to her expertise and education” and “This is far from a one-off case: there are many academics who have to travel overseas to properly conduct their research and the Home Office should be more flexible.” Archaeologists around the world are shocked and appalled that Jennifer and Sam are both being asked to leave the UK. We would end up losing two highly valuable members of the UK research and academic community, who contribute to UK society in entirely positive ways. Please sign and share this petition, so that the Home Office can see how many people consider Jennifer, and her British husband Sam, valued members of the United Kingdom and help keep them in the UK. Thank you! #KeepJenniferinUK Guardian article on Jennifer’s case: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/03/corbyn-visa-policy-puts-uks-global-reputation-research-risk BBC London News coverage: https://youtu.be/D39kL5ZaSRw
Stop the deportation of Ken Macharia
ProblemKenneth "Ken" Macharia, from Glastonbury, Somerset, has had his request for asylum rejected by the Home Office. In November 2018, he was detained by the Home Office pending deportation to Kenya. Thanks to overwhelming public support, he was granted bail at a court hearing. However, the Home Office may detain Ken at any time. We are continuing to campaign for Ken to be granted asylum in the UK.The Home Office rejected his asylum application and his appeal because they deem Kenya to be safe for gay people - in spite of the persecution of gay people and 14-year imprisonment for homosexuality. Deporting Ken from the UK will also mean that he is unable to see his mother who lives in Bristol.Ken is deeply concerned about being deported to Kenya, where he would face persecution, and he wishes to stay in the UK to contribute to society. Unfortunately, Ken’s story is yet another example of the Home Office ignoring the risks that LGBT people face in multiple countries around the world. On 20 November 2018, public support pressured the Home Office into agreeing to release Ken from the detention centre. However, on 27 November 2018, the Home Office unexpectedly decided to reinstate his immediate deportation notice. The following day at Ken's bail hearing, the Home Office opposed bail. Thanks to the huge outcry of public support, the judge granted Ken bail and he has since returned home to his friends and family. However, his fight is far from over. Ken still does not have asylum here in the UK, and he is still subject to deportation to Kenya by the Home Office. They could send him back to the detention centre at any time. In order to protect Ken from the persecution and imprisonment that he would face in Kenya, we are calling on the Home Office to grant him asylum here in the UK. On 3 June 2019, Ken received news from the Home Office that they were revoking his right to stay in the UK. Therefore he may be detained imminently by the Home Office, and then sent to Kenya, where he would face homophobic persecution and discrimination. SolutionWe are calling on his local MP, James Heappey, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, to step in to stop Ken's deportation, and to grant him asylum here in the UK. We ask that people tweet to Sajid Javid and let them know how wrong this decision is and that Ken should be granted asylum here, where he is safe. As the Home Secretary, he has the authority to secure Ken's safety. The legal process will be expensive. To give Ken the best chance of securing his safety here in the UK, we have announced a crowdfund in order to provide financial support to cover Ken's legal costs. Please donate whatever you can give to this cause!Personal storyKen has lived in the UK since 2009, first on a student visa, through which he qualified as an engineer. He has since worked in the UK through his work visa, however after a subsequent work visa was denied, he applied to seek asylum in the UK. In 2016, Ken joined Bristol Bisons RFC, a gay and inclusive rugby team, and I have known him for over two years.Ken is an integral part of our rugby family at Bristol Bisons RFC. His commitment to the ethos of rugby and to our team is second to none. He is an important part of our community, and regularly attends our matches across the country as our match photographer, and has also undertaken training to be our first aid medic. This is very typical of Ken’s nature – always wanting to help, and always being concerned for the well-being of other people.Ken is a quiet, kind, and caring person and he is one of the most loved people at our rugby club. Our team would not be the same without his warm character.Deporting a good, hard-working, gay man to a country where homophobic violence and imprisonment is rife is immoral and unjust, and should be stopped. Your support can really make a difference. Please sign this petition to keep Ken in the UK where he is safe.
Grant Bhavani Esapathi leave to remain so she can live #LetBhavaniLive
My fiancée Bhavani is seriously ill and has been receiving urgent medical treatment. The doctors say she needs to stay here, but the Home Office want to deport her to India. They even threatened her with deportation whilst she was unconscious in a coma. Doctors say her life is at risk if she would be deported. This means the Home Office could be sending her to her death. Will you sign my petition urging the Home Office to make sure she stays? Bhavani came to the UK nine years ago as a student. After two misdiagnosed operations as a child in India, she got finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the UK. After her studies, she worked in the arts industry in the UK creating a platform for people with chronic illnesses, which has been recognised with the Royal Society of the Arts, the British Council, and the Arts Council England, to name a few: https://theinvisiblelabs.com/ She paid her taxes like you and me, and as a visa holder, she paid even more into the NHS than British citizens – it’s called ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’. The UK has been her home, and it’s also where we have fallen in love and built a life together. When her Crohn’s disease got worse she needed surgery and had to stop working. So she applied to stay, but the Home Office have refused her application. The Home Office have admitted that she wouldn’t get as good care in India, and pointed out that she could get ‘palliative care’ instead. As if Bhavani’s condition wasn’t critical enough, this whole process has caused her a lot more stress, which is only making her condition worse. After Bhavani needed surgery last September there were severe complications and she barely survived. She will need more surgeries to get better again, because her stomach never closed properly - but right now she is too weak to even receive surgery. That’s why she is currently on a drip to gain weight so that she can survive the next surgeries. She can’t travel at all and the surgeons say that it is of “vital importance” that her care continued to be coordinated and performed here in the UK. The Home Office are reviewing our case, so we need to put as much pressure as possible on them now! This cruel politics has to end, so that Bhavani can continue to get the care she desperately needs. Will you sign my petition urging the Home Office to allow Bhavani to stay? Thanks so much for supporting our cause. If you are interested in Bhavani's work visit her webpage: https://www.theonlybe.com. You can also donate directly to support her on https://donorbox.org/thebefund
Help keep the Saleem family in Britain where they belong!
The Saleem family have been living in the UK for 13 years. Dumfries and Galloway is their home and where they belong, but they could now be deported due to a late visa application that wasn’t even their own fault. I’m a journalist for the local newspaper and first met Saira, their youngest daughter, at secondary school. You couldn’t meet a nicer girl. She and her family are kind, hardworking and a wonderful part of our community. This is their home as much as it is mine, and they don’t deserve to be ripped away from it. Their dad first moved from Pakistan to the UK on a work permit in 2005. Ten years later, their application for indefinite leave to remain was handed in late by their former solicitor. This single mistake now threatens to wreck their lives. When I found out I started this petition for my old school friend and loved members of our community. If we don’t take a stand, who will? Saira and her sister Fatima haven’t been to Pakistan since they moved to the UK 13 years ago. They’ve grown up in Dumfries and Galloway - to force them to move to Pakistan now would mean totally uprooting them. It would mean leaving behind their home, their friends and their community. The family just want to get on with their lives after three years of turmoil. Their father is currently unable to work due to the visa issue. Saira can’t continue with her education. The uncertainty over their futures is scary, distressing and unfair. They should be allowed to stay in Dumfries and Galloway where they belong. Please sign this petition to help the Saleem family be granted Leave to Remain in the UK
Don't disrupt our family life by removing my husband & the father of my daughter
My name is Anna- the picture above shows my husband Makara and our child, Soma.The Home Office has rejected my husband’s application for a leave to remain and work in the UK visa, stating “In regards to the care of your child you have provided no compelling evidence that her welfare in the UK could not be maintained to a sufficient level in the absence of your partner.” I would like to argue that the human right to family life - which we based our application on - is not just about maintaining our daughter's physical welfare to a 'sufficient' level. As a mother and UK citizen, I have the human right to give her the best possible upbringing. She will only experience one childhood; the emotional upheaval of suddenly losing her father, and therefore also losing the potential to grow up with the loving care of both parents is more than a significant disruption. My husband and I have been together for eight years, we married five years ago in the UK and our daughter was born here. I believe I have every right to continue giving my daughter the upbringing that my husband and I want for her.I am currently completing a School Centered Initial Teacher Training program in order to become a Secondary English Teacher. It is an extremely demanding course and I’m not sure without my husband’s support with that I will be able to continue becoming an English Teacher. The Home Office states in our rejection letter that, 'It is deemed that any additional support you require could be sought from your partner's mother, father, siblings or social services team'. We completely refute this statement, in fact I am personally appalled by it. Like any successful partnership or marriage, I rely on my husband not just for 'childcare' but as an equal sharer of all aspects of home and family life, and most importantly as emotional support throughout the ups and downs of everyday life including the upbringing of a child. His role as father of our daughter cannot just be filled by a random person. I thought it was absurd the Home Office would suggest that I turn to an already struggling social care system to take on the upbringing of our child rather than having the support of my husband! I don’t believe it is in the public interest to separate myself and my daughter from my loving husband and her loving father. My husband wants nothing more than to work, pay taxes, be a loving and present father of his child and contribute positively to our local area. All I wish is to be able to keep my family together so that we can peacefully continue building a stable future for our family- especially our three-year-old daughter Soma. Public pressure has convinced the Home Office to change their minds before. Please help our family stay together by signing this petition.
Hero Afghan Military Interpreter Mohammed Nabi Wardak Must Be Let into the UK
Hero Afghan Interpreter Mohammed Nabi Wardak, 30, is sleeping on the streets of Athens and fled his country of Afghanistan since he helped British armed forces in the fight against the Taliban. This simply cannot be right and it’s our duty to help him. Mohammed served on the front line in Helmand Province between 2008 and 2011. His commanding officers during this time described him as an “excellent interpreter” who risked his life on many occasions. Earlier this year a review in policy meant that over Afghan interpreters had been given the right to stay in the UK to protect from the threat of extremists and as a way to recognise the work they have done for us. Mohammed deserves that too.Mohammed was threatened during his service with our armed forces and continued to receive threats by the Taliban which have been directed to his family and to him. He was forced to leave the army because of it and leave a second time to look after his sick mother. Again he has had to leave his wife and family in Afghanistan, with four children, aged eight, six, five and three. He is now alone and living on the streets of Athens. I’m the founder of Faith Matters and we work on building stronger community relations in the UK and in tackling hatred, prejudice and intolerance. We also work on countering far right and Islamist extremism in the UK and beyond. This is why we are disgusted that this brave man, who had to leave his country since he helped our military and who now is a target of the Taliban, is left to fend on the streets of Athens. Risking his life for us, he was told "that he and his family do not qualify for relocation to the UK". This simply cannot be right. We are working with an NGO in Athens to help bring him here but we need your help. Please sign this petition to collectively send a message to the Government that this brave man who risked all for us, cannot be left to fend for himself, with his family also at risk. This Government talks much about tackling extremism and terrorism. The least we can do is to provide sanctuary to those who stood with us in the fight against it.
Stop tearing families apart based on earnings! Scrap minimum income requirement
I’m Tony, a plasterer from Edinburgh. My wife, Juli, is my rock and the light of my life. But she’s been sent thousands of miles away. She recently had to leave Scotland and return to the US to apply for a spousal visa. We were astounded when it was rejected because the Home Office says we don’t earn enough money. We have been separated for 3 months now, and I don’t know when I’ll see her again... We are pleading with the Home Office to scrap the rules that have separated us and bring my wife back home. The “minimum income requirement” means a British person must earn more than £18,600 per year or have thousands of pounds of savings in order to live here with a partner from outside the EU. My plastering business makes that, but the Home Office says it doesn’t count because I’m self-employed. We are financially stable, even after shelling out thousands of pounds for a series of visa applications. Being self-employed and being able to support myself is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, not insulted by the government. As it stands, this policy discriminates against lower-income families, and keeps some apart for years on end. I met Juli while she was studying in the UK for her master’s degree. She has already paid into the system, and wants to continue contributing by working in the arts. She has been a key support for me, and has been by my side as I battle through struggles with mental health. The Home Office, on the other hand, has ignored letters from my GP detailing the depression and anxiety I suffer from, and is putting my progress so far at risk by splitting up my family. We’re not the only ones to be torn apart. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which is backing my petition, works every day with families that have been split up because of their income. Thousands of children are growing up without one of their parents because of these cruel rules. We believe this is wrong. We want to build a life together and start a family of our own, but have been held back for nearly two years because of the Home Office’s rules. Please sign this petition and make sure hard-working people like myself aren’t penalised for falling in love with someone from another country.