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
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
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.
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 risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe
As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours. I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting. We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time. A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives. An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker. It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline. Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families. We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives.
Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK
After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family. Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat. "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother. Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am. Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them. After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK
Make the UK Home Office visa application process fair & transparent
********* UPDATE 2 AUG ********* After waiting 14 months for my UK visa application without a single update, today it was refused. I now have a matter of days to leave the country I love, my partner I love, our dog & friends behind. I have also been refused the right to appeal from the UK, and my passport has been confiscated and will be sent directly to the airport where I will be met by immigration officers. Worst of all - The Home Office used incorrect information in their refusal letter.Please read our story below & support this petition so that we can raise awareness for cases like ours, and the thousands of others who are also being affected at the hands of the Home Office.Click here to instantly tweet to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and ask him to overturn their decision. ------------------------------ Hi, we are Rusty and Stephen. We met on Tinder in 2014 whilst living and working in London. Over the last 4 years, we've dated, lived together, and travelled the world, and in the last 14 months, have settled down to start the rest of our lives in the place that feels like home for us both - the UK.So what's the problem? Well, Rusty's Australian. Our application was submitted on the 28th June 2017 - Well over 1 year ago, and to date, no update have been provided to the status of our application from the Home Office.When we've asked what's happening with our visa application, we have always been met with the same answer -"We are unable to advise when a decision will be made but you will be notified in writing once made. Until such time, we are unable to assist further."It is difficult to get on with our lives. But this petition isn't just about us. Things need to change for everyone affected. If you’re in this position of waiting, you have no feeling of belonging, you're restricted on work, and you can't travel overseas.In light of the recent Windrush Scandal, we have become inspired and request that the UK Home Office visa application process is fair & transparent. What does that mean exactly?We want all visa applicants to: Be able to request & receive an update on the status of their visa application. IE: Where is it in the system, and how long until a decision will be made. Have a direct point of contact within the Home Office for updates on visa applications. Not feel intimidated by confronting the Home Office. The UK Home Office has always been an impenetrable organisation, they are playing with people's lives, and this lack of communication makes us feel as though they could be intentionally delaying visa applications to satisfy targets. If you have a pending visa application, then you have the right to speak up against the Home Office and seek the information you deserve. Together, we can make the UK visa application process fair & transparent for everyone. Please sign this petition. Follow Rusty on Twitter for updates. PRESS COVERAGE:https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/25/immigration-minister-caroline-nokes-blocked-people-twitter-asking-help-caseshttps://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/08/09/gay-partner-deportation-visa-home-office/https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/australian-man-who-worked-uk-1526091https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/stark-letter-issued-home-office-1867748https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2018/08/my-gay-partner-is-being-deported/https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/80000-people-sign-petition-couple-1895898
Save my family being torn apart from deportation
We are grateful to each person that signed our petition but despite over 100,000 people signing, our family is still facing deportation. We are left with no other option than to fundraise the £6,000 visa fee. Please help us by donating and sharing to keep our family together. https://www.gofundme.com/stop-my-family-getting-deported . We have raised £2,788 out of £6,000. We still need many of you to share and donate to this fundraising to keep our family together. Watch our short interview describing the situation here: https://www.facebook.com/itsmanishkhatrii/posts/10157073473313311 Here's our story: The UK has been our home for almost 14 years. It’s where we’ve lived, worked, studied and laid down our roots. But now we are being threatened by a deportation that could tear our whole family apart. I live with my parents and two younger sisters in Edinburgh. My parents and I are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago whilst my two sisters are American. This means that if we are deported, my sisters would be separated from my parents and me. They could be sent to the U.S. where we have no home, no friends and no relatives. Splitting the family apart would be heartbreaking, traumatic and inhumane. My sister and I are currently in the process of completing a degree whilst my youngest sister is in her last year of secondary school. If we are made to leave the UK, we won’t be able to finish the education that we have worked so hard for. We’ve been living here legally on visas for 14 years, but it’s becoming increasingly expensive and we simply can’t afford the fees. It now costs around £7,000 for the whole family, which must be paid every two and a half years when the visas need to be renewed. Due to our visa status the family has not been able to keep permanent jobs, which has put us in a difficult financial situation and meant we simply cannot afford to pay the visa fees this time around. My sisters and I have spent more than half of our lives in the UK, yet we feel like we’re being treating as illegal immigrants by the Home Office, after we were summoned to go to a police station this month. It has left us feeling worried and insecure about our futures. We have applied to have our fees waived but the Home Office has rejected our application. Please sign this petition so that my family and I can stay together in the UK.