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Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Caroline Nokes MP

Save NHS doctor trained in the UK from deportation

The UK has been my home for over 10 years where I’ve been training to be a doctor. I’m now just 5 months away from completing my GP training - but that came to grinding halt last year because the Home Office refused me Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).I was refused my visa based on an honest oversight - my request was "18 days late". This is because the appointment, which I paid for, was the earliest available one throughout the UK. All the is despite living legally on visas for the last 10 years, whilst I studied and started medical training in Manchester, I was then refused because of an honest oversight.  I have already appealed this decision already and the judge sided with me and my case upheld based on Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.  Sadly, this is not the end of the story, the Home Office applied to overturn this. In the meantime, I’m not allowed to work and have been living off my savings and kindness of my friends. That’s why I’m calling on the Home Office to drop the appeal. At a time when the NHS is struggling to train and recruit GPs, I find it absolutely ridiculous that I am on the cusp of becoming a GP. I have given the best years of my life to the NHS, toiling relentlessly through nights and weekends for many years, paying my taxes and contributing to wider society - sadly right now,  all this counts for nothing, and the Home Office are now treating me as an illegal immigrant, having confiscated my passports and University Degree. Many countries would be happy to have a doctor work for their health service, especially somebody who is locally trained, but here I face endless persecution by the Home Office, having to suffer the indignity of being treated like an unwanted intruder, despite having lived here since September 2007. I am broken, and I don't know how much longer I can take this. I want to be a doctor here in the UK. Please help me by signing.

Luke Anthony Ong
342,607 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Remove The Power Home Office Has When It Comes To Marriage

THE RIGHT TO MARRIAGE SHOULD BELONG TO US AND NOT HOME OFFICE! They shouldn't have that much power to state who can get married and who can't. People should be free to marry whoever they want. That is a given right! whether or not it is a sham, that should not be determined by Home Office. People should be free to marry and if an investigation is needed, then it should be done after the ceremony. We live in London where most people are from different ethnic backgrounds and therefore will have different immigration issues based on their history. BUT this should not stop people from being able to get married. If people love each other then that should be enough power to make it happen. The British Home Office has been given too much power, abusing peoples rights and even those of the EU. This should no longer be the case. Home Office doesn't have the couples interest at hand, they are only concern with making money and reducing the number of migrants in this country. This is not what Marriage is about, so how are they to determine who has the right to marry. They make the process time consuming, difficult, expensive and the requirements can be ridiculous. Even once it has been completed, they find a minor fault that wasn't part of contract and can use it against the couple. Thousands of people have been effected by this and still are being effected. This can take a toll on someones mental and physical health with the strain it puts on people. Marriage should be a time of happiness, not stress. This is our moment, we need to stop this for the sake of our rights.  A marriage is a marriage and only we should have that power to decide. The government should work for us, not against us. That is Democracy.  

Olivia Prieur
45 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Theresa May, Karin Smyth, Johnny Mercer, UK Parliament

Change the requirements for Spousal Visas to the U.K. And the exorbitant fees charged.

I am an American citizen who previously had indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the U.K. I am married to a British Citizen and I have two British children. Our family has been resident in the US for 8 years. Despite every effort to maintain my ILR, this was lost in 2012. My wife's parents are 85 and 80. Her father is disabled and her mother has Parkinson's disease. We want to move back to the U.K. to care for them and to have our children educated in the country of their birth. I applied for a returning resident visa. I was resident in the U.K. from 1998 to 2009 and paid Tax and N.I. in the UK for over 10 years. My application for a returning resident visa was rejected by the U.K. Commission in New York. This summer we returned to the UK as we have done almost every year for the past 8 years to visit with family, friends and work colleagues. I was offered work as a scenic artist for the Welsh National Opera. We contacted an immigration lawyer who advised us we could qualify for Further Leave to Remain under Family and Private Life - FLR (FP). We applied for this, at a cost of £1500, to the Premium Service Center in Cardiff on Aug 14th, 2017. We were supposed to have been given a response within 24 hrs. It took the Home Office over 3 weeks to make a decision on our case. They rejected it. In their rejection letter they falsely claimed that we did not qualify because our children had not been resident in the U.K. for 7 years. The law clearly states that we would have qualified for an exception because our children are British Citizens. We immediately got on to our local MP who contacted the Home Office. The Home Office admitted in writing that they made an error, but refused to reverse their decision. They are insisting on taking us to the court of appeals. The appeals process takes on average 48 weeks. We simply cannot afford to wait this long. During this time I would not have the right to work or travel and our entire family would have no recourse to public funds. I have already been out of work for 3 months despite having a standing job offer from a reputable UK company. What the Home Office expects of us is for me to return to the US while my wife gets a job which pays £18,600/year. She would need to have been on PAYE for a min of 6 months, or have been Self-employed for 12 months, before she can sponsor me on a Spousal Visa. This means she must hold this job whilst caring full-time for her two children as a single mum. She will be unable to care for her aging parents. Ironically my wife's parents are of an age, and socio-economic background that they probably voted for Brexit. But I don't think they ever imagined that it would lead to the Draconian Immigration Laws the UK Government has passed in recent months. Of course if I do return to the US, I will loose my right to appeal. Please help us to change the broken Immigration system in the UK. There has been a clear over-reaction in the wake of Brexit and a sensible immigration policy that allows British Citizens and their families the right to a Family and Private Life in the U.K. must be implemented.        

Rajesh Westerberg
12,993 supporters