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Immigration

61 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Theresa May, Justine Greening, Philip Hammond

Help the Yazidi women and girls kidnapped by ISIS

My name is Rozin, I'm a 17 year old Yazidi girl living in Coventry. I came here with my family in 2008 when it became too dangerous for us in Iraq. More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq. They have been raped and tortured by their captors. Last week three girls, who managed to escape, visited London and told their stories. Now that we have heard the stories of what is happening to these girls, we must help them. There is a lot that the UK Government can do, that's why I have started this petition. When I hear what has happened to these girls I cry. It is my worst nightmare. I know girls as young as 12 have been taken. If I was there now I would be so so scared. Many girls have managed to escape but they are scattered in refugee camps and getting little help. They are scared and traumatised, some are pregnant. They need medical help, psychological support and rehabilitation. Last year Angelina Jolie came to London and the UK Government held a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Government promised to "provide greater support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children". We must ask the UK Government to keep their promise. Germany has offered some help and brought some of the girls there to recover. I am asking Home Secretary Theresa May, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond to meet with me and the Yazidi community in the UK and prepare an action plan. These girls may seem far away, but they need our help. Every Yazidi woman and girl living in Iraq and Syria is in danger, the entire community lives in desperation. If no-one speaks up for them who will help them? My dream is to be a lawyer and to spend my life fighting injustice. That starts today. Please sign my petition for the Yazidi girls.

Rozin Khalil
340,372 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Sajid Javid MP, Caroline Nokes MP, home office

Save my family being torn apart from deportation

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.

Rene Dipnarine
70,907 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to UK Home Office, Keir Starmer, Sajid Javid

URGENT! Give Natasha the right to stay in the UK with her husband of nearly 6 years!

There is a 2 week deadline now! On the 18th of May Natasha was almost deported but as there isn't a Carer set up to take over Aidans full time care it was delayed by two weeks! The deadline is the 1st of June 2018!!  Aidan met Natasha in 2011 when he moved to London. The next year they married, and built a life together. But two years ago, Natasha who is originally from Canada, had her spousal visa renewal refused. We campaigned and managed to stop immediate deportation but now she could be forced to leave. Please sign this petition to help keep them together in the UK. Aidan is my friend who I met 13 years ago in the music community, so when I heard that they were being threatened with being torn apart, I started this petition. We need to keep up the pressure until Natasha gets the right to stay. Natasha cares for Aidan daily due to a serious illness that he is fighting. He is diagnosed with nerve damage caused by a prolapsed disc and degeneration of his spine. He’s suffered from minor pain up to full blown partial paralysis of one side; Natasha has stood by his side providing him with financial support and a lot of loving care to help him get back to good health. His poor health has prevented him from working full-time, though when possible he’ll do an the occasional gig. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome which is exacerbated by the attempt to deport Natasha. The Home Office do not deem Aidan's illness as severe, despite notes from doctors and hospitals proving otherwise. And despite their income being over £25k a year (well over the £18.5k threshold), it is not deemed as acceptable – because some came from Natasha’s self-employed roles and Natasha's family during a difficult time. We petition Sajid Javid and the Home Office to reverse their decision to deport Natasha. Natasha and Aidan are inseparable, completely reliant on one another, and deeply in love. This decision is destroying them, and Aidan's health is already being severely affected by it. The Home Office should not be able to separate legitimate, loving couples who, until they were told the truth about Aidans entitlement last year, had never turned to the state for financial help.  Please sign and share this petition https://www.gofundme.com/natasha-stevens-legal-fees-for-visa 

Cinnamon Francis-Burnett
88,963 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to Sajid Javid MP, home office, Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Theresa May MP

Failed by Carillion & failed by the government? Help me keep my job.

My name is Hamza Idris and I am 24 years old. The UK has been my home since I was 17 after I moved here on the 8th of September 2011 from Nigeria. I attended Henley College for my foundation in Engineering and went on to study a BEng. at the University of Birmingham in Computer Systems Engineering with Business Management. Following graduation, I studied and graduated with an MSc. From the University of Manchester in Engineering Project Management. I applied for and got a position with Carillion on their graduate scheme, a job I really wanted and enjoyed. 1 year and 8 months on, I have found myself prevented from doing my job due to the collapse of Carillion, and the failure of the Home Office to consider my case fairly and justly. So what's the problem? The Home Office has refused to let me transfer to the new company with my colleagues although I am doing the exact same job, with the same terms and conditions as I was on previously. On Monday 15th January, Carillion filed for compulsory liquidation. This meant that all employees were at risk of losing their jobs. However, because I worked in the part of Carillion that dealt with services (delivering facilities management services to clients), we (my colleagues and I) were advised to continue to come to work and will be paid for the work we did. After a few weeks of talks, we were informed that we were going to transfer to a new company on the 1st of February 2018. The day came, and nothing for us as staff changed except the Logo. I worked with the new company for a month and on the 1st of March, I was pulled into an office and informed I could no longer continue my work as the Home Office would not accept a transfer application. I had my pass, laptop and work phone taken from me and was not permitted to return. The new company promised to support me through the process (and they have), submitted an application to take over my sponsorship, and has since kept my position open until we get a definitive response. As a result of this issue, I have been prevented from doing my job since March 1st, depleted my savings on rent and bills, and have had to move from London to Birmingham to live with friends. I have left my life, my Church, my friends, and my worship group behind in London, creating more of a traumatic experience. When do I have till? Saturday 16th June 2018.On April 17th, I received a curtailment letter from the Home Office stating I had 2 months to leave the country or make a new application. The Home Office made no mention of my transfer application. I decided to get my local MP involved and he got this response from the home office; "The team informed that as Carillion no longer exists, then TUPE does not apply as the company has gone into liquidation. They, therefore, cannot transfer Mr Idris because they are no longer trading. Mr Idris will need to apply under Tier 2 for a new Tier 2 visa with a licensed sponsor, if they have a Tier 2 license. TUPE would have applied prior to the liquidation, but as the company no longer exists this cannot be done. The Home Office has no discretion as both companies have to be licensed and fully active and unfortunately Carillion is not." This is true but even as of today (6th May 2018) Carillion is still on the sponsor register with a Tier 2 (A rating), and I cannot make a new application because that will mean reapplying for a position I held. I believe this can be resolved by the Home Office looking at my case with compassion and fairness. I did not contribute to the collapse of Carillion but I sure am paying the cost. All I want is my job and life back here in the UK. Please help me by signing and sharing.  How else can you help? You could send a letter to your MP demanding this case be given attention and the positive response it deserves. Please click HERE to find out who your MP is; and HERE to download a letter template or feel free to create your own. I also have a GoFundMe page to raise money for legal expenses and I appreciate the support. Thank You.

Hamza Idris
1,883 supporters