Friday, 4 July 2014

The forgotten would-be immigrants

You are from another nation and married to a Brit, but do not have right of abode in the UK unless you are able to jump through many hoops. Is this fair?

One web site sets out to challenge the injustices.

From BritCits 

BritCits was formed in 2012 in direct response to the attack on British citizens and residents with non-EEA family members.

Immigration rules in the UK in force from 9th July 2012 make a mockery of family values and violate the sanctity of marriage in causing the separation of families, keeping our citizens in exile and forcing British children unnecessarily into a single-parent upbringing.

BritCits believes it is imperative that immigration rules are fair and clear, in both their intent and application.

BritCits is run by Sonel Mehta (founder) and Steve Green (partner) with a rapidly growing membership brought together by immigration rules which are leading to the break up of families of British citizens and residents with non-EEA family members whilst also forcing British citizens into exile.

Through BritCits, our campaigning activites include: policy work, liaising with media and information dissemination, with the goals of:

a) Promoting family rights for British citizens and residents with non-EEA family members

b) Having immigration rules in place which are fair, in both their intent and application.

c) Liaising with politicians from across the spectrum on impact of immigration rules on families.

d) Providing a support network for individuals affected by the rules.

e) Presenting at migrant events and working in conjunction with other organisations including JCWI, Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and Migrants Rights Network, as well as under the Divided Families umbrella and MAX coalition to raise awareness of the rules and their impact.

Things we've done :

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration's report on the effects of family migration rules :

BritCits submission to the APPG Report :

Blog posts on the report :

Posts on the 9th July 2013 Day of Action :

On 9th July 2012, new immigration rules were introduced in the UK which affect a large number of British people with overseas family (spouses, children, and dependant parents). The rules will affect more and more people as time goes on. The rules were introduced by the 'back door' - first secondary legislation, and then (when the courts ruled against this - the 'Alvi' decision), emergency legislation was pushed through the House of Lords (as the Commons was in recess) without a proper debate.

We have collated a pack of case studies. We are in the process of reaching out to a number of interested parties with this pack, which is our contribution to the debate. Anyone with any stories to contribute, please email us :

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