Halt the removal orders for brothers. They will be flown to France, where they have neither friends nor family. It’s against Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
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These minors' parents have Indefinite Leave To Remain in the UK (aka. Permanent Residence). All three boys have dual citizenships, and the kids' Leave to Remain application has been received by the Home Office (payment taken for £1803 in fact). They were traveling on New Zealand passports and COMING HOME to the UK when they were detained by Border Force. Sending them to France would violate Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (respect for private and family life) and ECB02 of the European Human Rights Act. It is also blatantly absurd. They are all under 18, still in school and have a life in this country.
These are lesser known facts that most people don’t know about immigration for highly skilled migrants:
1. When we entered the UK as a family, the cost per family (up to 5) was £695+ in 2008 under HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Program).
2. Today it costs £1100 per person, or £5500 to renew existing visas for 5 people- to stay indefinitely. That’s 691% increase over 5 years.
Has anyone’s salary ever risen that much over a 5-year period?
3. Our path (HSMP / Tier 1) ensures we cannot ever apply for public funds which was never our intention anyway.
4. We paid income takes from the first month of living in the UK and in the 5 years we stayed + over £6k in council taxes. Everyone in the family is active in the community.
All that was needed was for the Home Office to log the application correctly in the system. With the number of people on these visas, where does the money go?
With New Zealand passports, the kids could have at the very least been given 3 months temporary entry as the Home Office has been known to process applications for that period or even longer. Instead they were treated as if they and their family were sponging off the British economy rather than being viable contributors. No penny in public funds has ever been taken nor applied for by our family. Our life here has always been about assimilaton and growing with the community.
The Home Office needs to differentiate between applicants and treat them justly and as individuals. If they really want to clean up immigration without excluding valuable people from society, then they must change policies that severely hurt hardworking people.
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