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Thursday 13 June 2024

What To Do If You Lose Your UK Travel Docs Overseas

Lost my BRP and Passport overseas on Schengen trip as a non- national

I wanted to share my experience as I found reading stories on here somewhat helpful but also some inaccurate. I traveled to the south of France where my passport was stolen, jn my passport was also my BRP. So basically, didn't have any documentation, I flew to Paris to get emergency travel documents from my country embassy. Which I got but nothing but print outs of my BRP. It was denied to board the flight to London from nice so I opted to fly to Paris again to London. In Paris they had more experience with my situation and simply made a few calls to verify my identity. Which now they can do online or show them your right to work. They allowed me to board the plan and when in London. The border force was quite helpful when I handed him all my documents. He made a lost note for my BRP replacement and allowed to enter the country in under 5mins. Must say i didn't require a replacements visa but I suppose I was lucky.

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Flights offer for crisis-hit Nigerian students

A university says it will help to fund flights home to Nigeria for crisis-hit students who it reported to the Home Office.

Students at Teesside University were thrown off courses and ordered to leave the UK after a currency crisis left them struggling to pay tuition fees.

Following protests and the intervention of the Nigerian government, the university told the BBC it has now re-enrolled some affected students and opened a travel fund.

One student said the offer did not go far enough, adding: "The wide-rippling effects of this are unmanageable and piling up."

As reported by the BBC, the Middlesbrough-based university recently withdrew sponsorship for a number of students and reported them to the Home Office after they fell into tuition fee arrears.

The students had seen their savings depleted as a consequence of Nigeria's worst economic crash in generations.

Their financial struggles were exacerbated when the university changed payment plans from seven instalments to three.

The impact was so significant that a nearby food charity said 75% of its clients are now Nigerian students struggling to cope with the cost of living.

As a consequence, some missed tuition fee payments and were subsequently frozen out of their studies.

Soon after, they received Home Office letters ordering them to leave the UK.

In May, a university spokesman said failure to pay was a breach of visa sponsorship requirements, and claimed it had "no choice" but to alert the Home Office.

International relief fund

A Teesside University spokesman has now confirmed some affected students have been told they can resume their studies.

"We are working with a small group who do need to return to their home country and are opening an international relief fund for this group only to offer additional financial support for these unexpected travel costs," he added.

The university has told some students they can complete their studies from Nigeria or return to the UK to resume them at a later date.
Image caption, As many as 60 Nigerian students had urged the university to do more to support them

The BBC understands some of those affected are now lodging legal appeals after being told to return to Nigeria.

One, who did not want to be named, said the university's offer failed to consider the significant impact their actions had on those affected.

He said: "I was asked to return home, pay the balance remaining and apply to return at a later date, but I don't trust them now.

"I feel this is a way to escape responsibility and they may not let me come back.

"If they did, it would cost me thousands to pay flights, visa fees and NHS fees again.

"I've already spent so much coming here and now they want me to go back without any kind of certification to reflect my achievements.

"The whole aim of coming here was to study, we haven't committed any kind of crime.

"There's been no apology for the stress and trauma the university has put me through."

Monday 10 June 2024

Universal Credit Increase 2024: What is the Expected Increase in 2024?

For unmarried UC claimants under 25, the regular allowance is currently £292.11 per month; a 6.7% rise would bring it to £311.68, an increase of £19.57. For individuals over 25 who are single claimants, the regular monthly stipend is £368.74. Payments would rise to £393.45 per month, an increase of £24.71 if benefits were increased by 6.7%.

Your monthly payment will climb by £30.72 to £489.23 if you reside with your partner and you are both under 25. You can notice a monthly increase of £38.78 from £578.82 to £617.60 if you reside with your partner and both of you are over 25.

Councils move hundreds of homeless families out of London with 24-hour ultimatums

Hundreds of homeless families were permanently forced out of London by councils last year after many were given 24-hour ultimatums to either accept a private tenancy far away from the capital or be kicked out of temporary accommodation and left on the streets.

The campaign group Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) found that 319 households in 2023 accepted offers of a private tenancy outside London. They were often given 24 hours by council officials to accept homes out of the capital or risk making themselves “intentionally homeless” by refusing an offer.

No Fee Waiver For Student/Graduate Applications

We advise you to not make a fee waiver application if you intend to apply for Graduate or Student permission.

You may have been advised to apply for a fee waiver ahead of your application for Graduate or Student permission to buy more time, however it is unlikely that either of your applications will be successful.  

This is because fee waivers are only available for specified human rights-based applications – not for the Graduate or Student route. A fee waiver application is likely to cause several issues in the future:

1. It could result in future applications being refused for a period of up to 10 years

When someone applies for a fee waiver, they must state that they intend to make a human rights application and they must provide evidence that they cannot afford the immigration application fee and/or the immigration health charge.

Therefore, if you make a fee waiver application stating that you cannot afford to apply, and then you apply for Graduate or Student permission (which requires an application fee), the Home Office will likely refuse your application on the grounds of deception.

Applications refused on the grounds of deception, if not successfully challenged, will result in future applications being refused for a period of up to 10 years.

2. You could be classed as overstaying in the UK

If your fee waiver application is successful, you must make a human rights-based application within 10 days of receiving this decision to remain in the UK lawfully. If you apply for Graduate or Student permission instead, you run the risk of applying as an overstayer (someone without permission to be in the UK).  

Many student sponsors do not support applications made in the UK by overstayers in line with their duty to help prevent abuse of the immigration system.

Your future in the UK

If you make an application that is refused on the grounds of deception, this could result in other applications being refused for a period of up to 10 years. If you are advised to make a fee waiver application, seek advice elsewhere or make alternative immigration plans.

Monday 20 May 2024

Deportation threat for Nigerian Man after 38 years in the UK

A disabled man who has lived in the UK for 38 years has been threatened with removal from the UK by the Home Office.

Anthony Olubunmi George, 61, came to the UK at the age of 24 in 1986 from Nigeria. He has not left the UK since and has no criminal convictions. In 2019, he had two strokes, which left him with problems with speech and mobility.

The Guardian also reported on the case of Nelson Shardey, 74, a newsagent from Merseyside who has lived in the UK since 1977 and was refused indefinite leave to remain by the Home Office despite being in the country for most of his adult life.

When George arrived, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and Rishi Sunak is the ninth to hold office since George has lived in the UK. He has endured many periods of homelessness and says he has lost count of the number of friends who have given him shelter over the years. He says he no longer has any close family in Nigeria.

George has made various applications for leave to remain in the UK, which the Home Office has rejected, most recently on 7 May.

In 2005, his previous solicitors submitted a forged entry stamp in his passport and have subsequently been reported to the police and the legal regulatory bodies.

George told the Guardian he knew nothing about the passport stamp until many years later. His current lawyer, Naga Kandiah of MTC Solicitors, cited his poor previous legal representation as the reason for George’s problems. In his most recent refusal, Home Office officials said: “Unfortunately this is not something that is considered an exceptional circumstance.”

Kandiah has lodged an appeal against the latest refusal.

A previous Home Office rejection of his case states: “It’s open to your family and friends to visit you in Nigeria.”

George said: “I don’t know how many different sofas I’ve slept on – too many to count. I don’t have my life, living the way I’m living now. My health problems since I had my stroke are my biggest worry. All I’m asking for is some kindness from the Home Office.”

Kandiah said: “My client has been living in limbo for 38 years, with no family, has suffered two strokes and has no family left in Nigeria. His situation is not just because of Home Office policies but also because of poor representation by previous solicitors who failed to uphold professional integrity and ethical standards.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Applications have to be considered on their individual merits in accordance with the immigration rules with the responsibility on applicants to demonstrate they meet these rules.”

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Hainault victim’s family thanks public for £150k to pay for ‘new family home’

The family of the teenager who died in a sword attack in east London two weeks ago has thanked the public for donations that will pay for a new family home.

Daniel Anjorin, 14, died near his home as he walked to school in Hainault on April 30 in an attack which also left four people injured – including two police officers.

A Go Fund Me page set up in Daniel’s honour on behalf of Grace Anjorin has so far received more than £150,000.

A message from “Mr and Mrs Anjorin and family” posted on the page has thanked the community for its emotional and financial support.

“In the wake of our son Daniel’s tragic death we wish to thank you for your support which has been a source of comfort and strength to our family”, they said, adding: “We deeply appreciate your generous donation.”

The family said Daniel’s funeral would be held on May 17.

They added: “Due to the trauma of Daniel’s death particularly on his siblings we have decided to use the donation provided towards establishing a new family home.

“This home will not only provide a place of solace and gathering for our family but will also stand as a lasting tribute to Daniel’s legacy.”

Marcus Arduini Monzo, 36, a dual Spanish-Brazilian national living in Newham, east London, has been charged with Daniel’s murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was also charged with aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article.

In a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police, the family previously said: “We as a family are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Daniel.

“It is difficult for us at this time to process what has happened to him and that he will never come home. Daniel had left the house for school and then he was gone.

“Our children have lost their loving and precious brother and we have lost the most loved and amazing son.”

The family also sent “best wishes” to the other victims of the attack, thanked the local community for its support, and asked for privacy.

Thursday 2 May 2024


Migrants living in Dublin's tent city today thanked Rishi Sunak for refusing to allow them back to Britain - because they 'don't want to go to Rwanda '. Around 1,700 asylum seekers are living in tents in the Irish capital after crossing the border over fears that they would be sent to Rwanda if they stayed in Northern Ireland . Rishi Sunak yesterday declared he is 'not interested' in taking back migrants from Ireland - when the EU was refusing to take back Channel migrants who came from France . The row broke out after senior Irish ministers said they would draft emergency laws to send back refugees who had arrived from the UK to avoid being deported to Rwanda. Meanwhile Ireland's deputy prime minister and foreign secretary Micheal Martin blamed the influx of migrants on Britain's Rwanda scheme as he claimed 'fearful' asylum seekers were descending on Dublin. Among those sleeping under canvas in Dublin is asylum seeker Otumba, who travelled from Nigeria to the UK, before settling in Dublin via Belfast . He told MailOnline: 'I came into the UK. I wanted to seek asylum. Then five weeks ago we heard that the Rwanda Bill is going to be passed, and we don't want to go back to Africa.'

Tuesday 30 April 2024

How London dumps its council housing tenants on the unsuspecting Home Counties


ondon councils with deep pockets are syphoning off their social housing problems to the Home Counties, leaving thousands outside the capital trapped on waiting lists.

Communities say it’s piling pressure on local schools and services and warn that offering local homes to the highest bidder is creating a housing crisis.

Newham Council signed a lease for Anchorage House, an eleven-story converted office block in Chatham, Kent, late last year – removing 81 potential homes from Medway Council’s provision. The spacious, fully-furnished flats overlook the River Medway and are located just a five-minute walk from the town’s bustling centre.

Medway currently has around 480 families waiting for temporary housing. In Newham, the number is 10 times that – hovering at around 5,000.

While Medway can afford to pay around £35 to £50 a night for temporary accommodation, London councils such as Newham can afford roughly double that – between £70 and £80 a night. That’s a difference of nearly £1,000 a month per flat, or £886,950 a year across the entire building.

Residents told The Telegraph they had no idea London families were starting to be moved in. One worker at a homeless charity, upon hearing what was going on, said: “So they’ve just offloaded their housing problems on to us? Unbelievable.”

Sitting next to him was a bag of potatoes he said he was about to deliver to a family struggling to make ends meet who had just been moved out of temporary housing.