Saturday, July 22, 2006

Immigration and The Home Office

There is a lot of chat going on at the Home Office at the mo concerning the estimated number of failed assylum seekers in the country and where they are !!
This current rhetoric makes my blood boil because in effect we the normal British Citizens of this country, and I include all ethnic backgrounds in this, are the ones who foot the bill for this unholy cock up on the part of the Home Office.

My partner, who as I said before is Filipino, had a hell of a job getting a visa through the Manila Embassy, even though his case based on our collective evidence was extremely genuine and well based. He had one terrible experience with the Manila UKVACS who handle the applications before they go to the Embassy when in front of his eyes they started to dismantle his excellently presented portfolio of evidence by extracting vital information as required under the Home Office guidance because an official at UKVACS said it was not required. My partner had to remonstrate with them and finally they allowed him to put the evidence back in the right order in the file with index's. He sealed the envelope himself so that no one could tamper with it anymore. What a situation to be in and how can this Government allow such things to happen when so much is dependent on the case you put forward.

On top of this it has been found out that an Embassy official has been arranging visas for cash and even got his girlfriend a visa under a false application to come to the UK. His name is
Sharad Ladva and this says a lot about the corrupt system surrounding The Home Office.

There are so many genuine cases where people are waiting to join their loved ones so we can only imagine their heartache when they read of corruption in the very system they are led to believe will give them fair treatment. On top of this, I ask the question...How did so many people who did not have to build a painstaking case to get here or have to lay bare theirs and their partners life by supplying details of employment, bank details, earnings, assets, accomodation, love letters, birthday and christmas cards with intimate notes attached, receipts for gifts, hotels, meals, holidays etc etc and I can go on for ages and ages on this...get here in the first place? Oh, and pay £480 to the Embassy for just a hearing i.e. cost of application plus secure postage of personal documents from the UK to Philippines. Over a quarter million assylum seekers are here already without having made one application through normal channels... After what my partner and I went through for one whole year we can only ask...How on earth did they do it ?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I would be really interested in your experience with ukvacs. My partner (TG) has had loads of problems in getting information sent through, they has now changed their process they have now lost his application.

So sick of this process!! its like we let every Tom, dick or Harry in. And yet when 2 people love each other and have a genuine case you are dragged through the coals.

Sorry for the whinge but just really angry!

I really think its time the issues of ture cases and the issues they face are brought into light!


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