The UK Border Agency has appointed Capita, a private company, to track down 150,000 overstaying students and migrants so they can be removed or deported from the UK.
Capita has sent thousands of text messages and letters, some to people with valid leave or applications to remain in the UK, ordering them to “leave the country” without proper removal directions on which you can normally lodge an appeal.
Since Capita took over I been inundated with calls from people detained and issued with removal orders, even when they have a right to a private or ‘family life’ in the UK, for instance where are in a relationships or Children with a British citizens or EEA nationals and should have taken steps to legalise their stay in the UK before being picked up.
If you receive a letter or text message asking you to sign forms and leave voluntarily, immediately contact an immigration specialist. Do not sign any forms without talking to an immigration law specialist.
Regularise or legalise your stay in the UK, before you get arrested, as an application to the UKBA will give you some protection from being removed..
Last year the Government introduced a change to the settlement rules for work permit holders, which has hit many Filipino workers this year. You must be paid a certain salary in order to qualify for indefinite leave (ILR), as specified in the Tier 2 Codes of Practice, otherwise you could be refused.
Visa overstayers and students who have been detained pending Administrative Removal under ’section 10′ can be removed from the UK within 72 hours. Once detained in a prison like detention centre, such as Yarlswood, you have just four days, two of which could be Saturday and Sunday if detained on a Friday, to find and instruct an immigration adviser to help prevent the removal and, where possible, regularise their stay in the UK before they are bundled on to a plane.
The saying “prevention is better than cure” comes to mind when helping an overstayer in an immigration detention centre who could have submitted an application to the UKBA before they got picked up by border officers and served with removal directions.
If you have been arrested or detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 1, 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed, Spouse Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email:
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