The UK will not deport skilled immigrants including several Indians. UK Home Office has announced that rules designed to prevent settlement of terrorists and criminals will not be used against highly skilled immigrants. This is in cases of changes that are often minor made effective to their tax filings.
Sajid Javid the new UK Home Secretary has been entrusted with the responsibility of reviving the confidence to UK Home Office. He said that all ILR petitions refusals would be put on hold awaiting the findings of an assessment, as quoted by the Hindu. These were facing denial owing to use of contentious Anti-terror Law Paragraph 322 (5).
Javid has addressed a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee of House of Commons. He has said that individual case records are being examined for identifying applicants who were denied ILR petitions under 322(5) Paragraphs. So far the Home Office has identified 19 such individuals. These had been denied ILR and quit the UK prior to being deported.
A review has been ordered to identify more such cases of ILR denials. It is expected to be completed by the end of June.
Highly Skilled UK campaign group has welcomed the announcement. They have also appreciated the commitment that Javid has demonstrated to address the issue. Nevertheless, the campaigners have added that more needs to be done regarding the issue.
All the affected individuals need to be identified said one of the founders of the campaign Aditi Bhardwaj. Those who are currently unable to work in the UK due to ambiguous immigration status due to 322(5) must be offered relief, she added. The efforts of the UK Home Secretary are appreciable, said Aditi.
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