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Petition to home office, Amber Rudd MP

Please don't let Home Office deport Eve.

Dear friends, My name is Evgeniia Balashova and I am a 23 year old Russian jewellery designer and maker working in Scotland. I came to the UK at the age of 17 in 2012 and spent 4 years in Glasgow as a student, graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016. I have then spent another year as a Graduate Entrepreneur establishing and working towards my jewellery business. I applied to extend my Graduate visa for another year and my application has been refused by the Home Office on the grounds of not having registered my current residential address on my Police Registration Certificate, despite numerous attempts to do so. I am asking the Home Office to review my application and hopefully change their mind and I am asking for your support to make this happen. Being able to stay in the U.K. would mean an absolute world to me and my future. Because of the nature of my jewellery and the unique technology it uses, it relies on the resources available here in the U.K., the ones that are not even readily available in Russia. The pieces I make can be seen on my website here I work with 3d printed nylon, a very new and inspiring material, which I have been exploring and developing alongside my metalworking skills. My work and my business have been endorsed by The University of Glasgow and my jewellery practice is supported by various UK craft and design bodies. My application met all the major requirements outlined by the Home Office and absence of my address on my police certificate is the only reason my application has been refused. Going back to Russia would mean erasing the last 5 years of work and development away and starting everything from scratch.. It will mean that everything I built will have to be destroyed due to a fault of a technical mistake. My lovely workshop space is here, the incredible support of the makers community is here, my friends that have became family are here. I made a commitment to this country when I first moved here and it would be incredibly distressing not to be able to continue my life the way I know it. The administrative review will take 28 days, and If it results in a refusal, I will have to immediately cease trading, stop working and return to Russia.  The UK visa conditions for nationals outside of EU are getting increasingly more complicated and expensive every year. There are so many incredibly talented and passionate people I met along the way, people who were not able to continue their creative, artistic or other paths in life due to this system. When I first came to the UK I dreamt of building my life here, but if my application is refused after the administrative review, I will automatically become an overstayer, which will break my continuous 5 year residency and will jeopardise my chances of ever being able to stay in the country with no time restrictions. Scotland and the people of Glasgow have made the last 5 years the most extraordinary experience of my life. Here is where I met hundreds of incredible, inspiring people and made friends for life, it's where I had my first job, where I got introduced to sausage rolls and saw the Isle of Skye and Glencoe, where I learned how to speak with a Scottish accent and where I even managed to get a real Scottish sunburn! Most importantly, this is where I was made to feel at home as I have been surrounded by very loving and caring people. The opportunities and education that I received here pushed me to create my own jewellery business and create something unique and special. I had a part time job since my first year in University and worked very hard every day to get to where I am today and I would love to continue doing so. Please sign and share this petition to fight for justice and make a positive impact on the Home Office's decision and potentially influence their approach to thousands of other immigrants trying to build their life and future in the UK. Below you can find the articles about me and my jewellery as well as the list of events I have participated in over the last few years : Every signature helps - I am very grateful for your support Thank you Eve Balashova

Eve Balashova
2,836 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to UK Home Office, home office, Amber Rudd MP

Home Office unfairly deporting talented academics

  Dr. Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and Dr. Arely Cruz-Santiago, both talented academics at Durham University and a married couple from Mexico on March 10th were asked to leave the UK within 14 days due to time spent abroad despite this being their home since 2007.  Though the Home Office has now put a temporary stop on deportation proceedings to 'try to find a way forward for them to stay in the UK', their original reasons for deportation of the couple were unfair because the time Ernesto and Arely spent abroad was because of humanitarian fieldwork as part of their research in Mexico. As a close friend of the couple, I am calling on the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport them. Under the Home Office guidelines (art 266) the time abroad can be waived for ‘attending to a national or international humanitarian or environmental crisis.’  From July 2014 to July 2015, Ernesto and Arely spent 270 days working in Mexico where they pioneered a project called Citizen-Led Forensics. This involved training and helping communities build a DNA database for Mexican families whose loved ones had disappeared due to gang related and/or drug violence, thus fulfilling an important role in an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis.  However, the Home Office does not see it as such, and they have issued Ernesto and Arely with a deportation letter. Arely has just finished her PhD and is embarking on a promising academic career. Ernesto is a young and very successful researcher who has been awarded more than £1,000,000 in UK research grants, including the ESRC transformative (2014-2016) and Newton Fund (2016-2019). The work he does in collaboration with Arely and other UK and international scholars addresses social and political aspects of the disappeared in Mexican communities, issues that are left unaddressed by the authorities in the complex and corrupt political landscape in Mexico. Ernesto and Arely’s work has been featured on the BBC, the Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera news. They also worked with the BBC in developing a two-part episode of the BBC drama Silent Witness series finale ‘The Awakening’ in 2017 (inspired by their research). Their work is an asset to the UK. They now face the prospect of abruptly leaving their current academic posts and tearing their 11-year-old daughter away from the life she knows. Their case is very distressing on a personal level, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for other non-UK academics working in universities and doing humanitarian fieldwork abroad. We are therefore calling for the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport these two talented academics and their daughter. Please sign this petition to fight for justice for Ernesto and Arely as well as for other non-UK academics doing humanitarian or any other academic fieldwork abroad. Below are some examples of the couple’s opinion editorials and public engagement materials: audio-visuals, animations and written pieces 2014 Schwartz-Marin, E., & Cruz-Santiago, A (2014) How citizens lead the search for Mexico's disappeared. Al Jazeera, World News, 20th of November, available at:  (Opinion Editorial) 2015 ‘Promise’: a song for the disappeared at: Mexican Forensics, Al Jazeera (10 minutes): 2015 Didactic Materials on how to take a DNA sample and engage in Citizen-Led Forensics: (website in Spanish)      

Jessica Sequera
71,596 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Child migrants should be given a right to amnesty in the UK

As a child migrant who left an abusive life at the age of 12, finding out that a place I call home has rejected me is the most terrifying feeling. At 20, I’ve sat at home for 2 years without been able to go to university because I am not entitled to student finance. I can not work and I can no longer dream too far because my dreams of becoming a medical doctor one day are slowing disappearing. There’s so many people just like me. We came innocent, we worked hard in school, we stayed out of trouble,we call this place home, we want to be part of the community that makes it better, we pray for this country but yet it has failed us. We are rejected and shunned to a corner, it for some of us, taught us about hope, gave us the ability to live again, to be children, to dream but yet it has turned around to take all this away from us. When will this stop? when can we sit in the same university lectures with our peers? those we left sixthform with, when can we work to provide for ourselves and the families that we have? when can live like human beings? Please give us amnesty, please think of us as human beings, please show us the hope that you taught us. Please think of us as your children. Please,because we too, deserve safety, we too deserve care, we too are human beings. We might not all have been in front of bombs, but we’ve fought battles too might for any one our age. We struggled through it all and we just want you to listen, to help. We campaign in support of the dreamers in the USA but yet here in the UK, your own dreamers are dieing silently in fear. Please save us.

A child migrant .
2,110 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, home office

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: BBC London News coverage:

Andrew Wilson
181,942 supporters