Support non-European children, who have spent 7 years in the UK
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All non-European children residing in the UK for 7 years should be granted with the right of further residence in the UK along with their parents and siblings without any disparity.
Furthermore, the last sentence of paragraph 276ADE(iv) of the Immigration Rules should also be abolished :-
276ADE(iv): is under the age of 18 years and has lived continuously in the UK for at least 7 years (discounting any period of imprisonment) and it would not be reasonable to expect the applicant to leave the UK;
It is because there is no legislation or guidance available on the point of “reasonable test”, which is often used to deprive the children from their right to further reside in the UK even after having lived in the UK for 7 years. In a civilised society, every child should be treated equally; similarly those children who have spent 7 years of their formative life in the UK should be treated alike.
Even otherwise, there is no “reasonable test” for the adults who are eligible for further residence in the UK on the basis of their 10 years lawful stay in the UK or 20 years of unlawful stay in the UK or those who have spent half of their life in the UK if they are under 25, then there is no point to keep any kind of “reasonable test” only in the matter of children, who have spent 7 years in the UK.
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