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UK Policies on Illegal Immigrants

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 13 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Previously, the UK’s coalition government consists of politicians from two different parties who had some divergent policies on illegal immigration. During the campaigning period leading up to the May 2010 General Election, immigration remained a contentious topic. Each of the three main political parties were repeatedly forced to address this issue, at a time when the UK was facing serious challenges such as recovery from a global recession and the ongoing active participation of British troops in foreign disputes.

In part the subject of immigration was forced onto the front pages by the policies of some small, far-right political parties who appeared to be gaining support from “ordinary voters” because of their purportedly pro-British, and therefore anti-immigration, stance. Arguably, the main parties gave greater prominence to the immigration issue in their campaigns in an attempt to avoid losing votes. In a messy election, in which no one party emerged as the clear winner, one thing was clear – these divisive, minority parties got nowhere in the vote.

Critics of the UK’s previous government had repeatedly accused them of failings in the way they dealt with illegal immigrants. Not only was it deemed too easy for illegal immigrants to get into the UK but it seemed as if very little was done to get them out of the country once they were found to be here illegally.

Conservative Pre-Election Policies on Illegal Immigration

The campaign literature put out by the Conservative Party in the run-up to the election made clear that this was a party which would be tough on illegal immigration. The UK’s borders were said to be too easy to penetrate. The Conservatives promised to “crack down” on the problem and to set up a Border Police Force to target illegal immigration and trafficking offences. By also proposing tougher rules on legitimate immigration, the Conservatives were sending out a clear message. Voters who cared about violations of the UK’s borders and unchecked immigration did not have to vote for an extremist party to have their concerns addressed.

Liberal Democrat Pre-Election Policies on Illegal Immigration

The Liberal Democrat’s pre-election manifesto blamed previous Conservative and Labour governments for the immigration-related problems faced by the UK today. In particular, they identified the abolition of exit checks on people leaving the UK as contributing to the difficulty in monitoring the number of illegal immigrants in the country. Whilst emphasising the desire for a fair and liberal immigration system, the Liberal Democrats stated that immigration laws had to be properly enforced for this to be possible. They proposed the re-introduction of entry and exit checks on those moving across the UK’s borders and the introduction of a National Border Force to police immigration laws.

Uniquely amongst the main political parties, the Liberal Democrats had advocated a partial amnesty on illegal immigrants already in the UK. They wanted a system which allowed some illegal immigrants already in the country to become legal, to pay taxes and even to become British citizens.

UK Government’s Policies on Illegal Immigration

When the UK coalition government finally announced its immigration policies in May 2010 it appeared that the Liberal Democrat’s proposed amnesty on illegal immigrants had been completely dropped from the government’s programme. This is, perhaps, unsurprising since the policy was completely at odds with the Conservative Party’s manifesto. Although the Conservatives are now in government, policies for the moment will remain the same.

The introduction of a new Border Police Force to target illegal immigration - as well as the trafficking of people, drugs and weapons - has been confirmed as a policy of the government. The government also intends to enhance current systems for the collaboration between local police forces in relation to illegal immigration and border offences. The re-introduction of exit checks has also been confirmed. More generalised policies to make the immigration system less open to abuse and to make the asylum system more efficient can also be seen as being aimed at the problem of illegal immigration in the UK.

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Hello there I been here the last 14 years I was deported back home once I'm here again 10 years ago I fed up now what can I do I'm so bored about this life it's too hard Can anybody help me out Please
Ali - 13-Jun-17 @ 12:39 AM
Ai - Your Question:
Hi please I need ur help as this is very exhausting situation my partner is an illegal immigrant here for 5yrs and were living togethr for 2yrs now we are planning to apply a visa we want to get married in this country what is chance for him to become legal in this country I am a British nationa please pls give us advice

Our Response:
You would have to seek advice via an independent immigration adviser, please see link here.The rules for overstayers are complex and the current government policy is to 'deport first - appeal later'. I'm afraid there is no less stressful answer to your question as your partner faces deportation as a result of his undocumented status.
AboutImmigration - 31-May-17 @ 2:47 PM
Hi please i need ur help as this is very exhausting situation my partner is an illegal immigrant here for 5yrs and were living togethr for 2yrs now we are planning to apply a visawe want to get married in this country what is chance for him to become legal in this country i am a British nationa please pls give us advice
Ai - 31-May-17 @ 6:30 AM
Hi I'm currently finding myself in a very horrible situation. My boyfriend is in the uk despite his visa ( student ) expiring nearly five years ago. I am also not a british national. I'm currently applying for a PR and have just sent off my application, but my boyfriend was caught last year by two police officers and has been reporting to the home office in London Bridge for the last six months. He had his first interview, where they recommended he apply for asylum on the 26th of march and this will be his fifth time going to sign on after that. He hasn't applied for asylum and hasn't any solicitors as he can't go back home due to threats from people his family owe money to. He's just been injured and has had surgery and will need looking after. I don't know when he will be detained or if he will be detained and for how long. Has anyone had firsthand experience with this? What happens after the initial interview, if anyone knows? The anxiety is excruciating as i suffer from bipolar and anxiety disorder. Anyone who can help, i'd be EXTREMELY grateful. Thank you
LaReine Maurice - 29-May-17 @ 9:29 PM
Happy - Your Question:
I am illegal UK from 5 years I live with births citizen girl and she pregnant now so can I apply now for stay here

Our Response:
The current policy for overstayers is to 'deport first - appeal later' please see link here. Your best approach is to seek help and guidance from an independent immigration adviser, please see link here.
AboutImmigration - 19-May-17 @ 12:11 PM
I am illegal UK from 5 years I live with births citizen girl and she pregnant now so can I apply now for stay here
Happy - 18-May-17 @ 7:12 PM
@Meeee - you'll be lucky to get back into the UK if you have been removed or deported.
Finr3 - 15-May-17 @ 1:43 PM
Noorkhan - Your Question:
I am refuse asylum seeker in u.k 9 years and I have British wife 1year5 months,we live together and no kits so home office well give me visa ?

Our Response:
If you have been previously rejected, then paragraph 353 of the immigration rules states that submissions will amount to a fresh claim if they are significantly different from material that has already been considered. Therefore, you may wish to seek independent immigration advice to see whether you have grounds to make a new claim.
AboutImmigration - 15-May-17 @ 10:17 AM
1 year ago I've been removed or deported from uk coz I was ilegal , after they send me in a detention center after 3 days they brought me a ticket and told me if I was happy to go back home and I said yes and I sign that and now I wanna apply for a family permit visa with my wife which she is spanish . I sign for the ticket and I was happy to go back home , is this voluntary or no and how for how long I cannot enter to uk ?? Thank you
Meee - 14-May-17 @ 11:20 PM
I am refuse asylum seeker in u.k 9 years and I have British wife 1year5 months,we live together and no kits so home office well give me visa ?
Noorkhan - 14-May-17 @ 2:53 AM
@Abele once you have stayed illegally in the UK for 20 years you may be eligible to apply for British citizenship
TJ. - 10-May-17 @ 2:53 PM
Abele - Your Question:
I have overstayed my visitors visa since 2004 and have married a British citizen our marriage was a proxy marriage.Do I have a chance to apply for spouse visaOr will I be better to apply under the 14 years overstayed.

Our Response:
You would need to seek independent immigration advice regarding this question. The current policy on overstayers is automatic deportation i.e 'deport first, appeal later'.
AboutImmigration - 10-May-17 @ 12:53 PM
I have overstayed my visitors visa since 2004 and have married a British citizen our marriage was a proxy marriage. Do I have a chance to apply for spouse visa Or will I be better to apply under the 14 years overstayed.
Abele - 10-May-17 @ 9:12 AM
Aman- Your Question:
I'm an overstyer last 7.5 year in uk and I'm paid every single thing and tax also and not taking any rights like welfare and NHS.now I want to increase my business and pay more tax but I don't have right to stay in uk can I get permission to stay here and increase my business?????

Our Response:
I'm afraid as is the case with every overstayer or undocumented person, an individual has 14 days from the date their visa expires to apply for a new one - either by extending their current visa or leave, or applying in a different category. The Home Office will automatically reject any application after this date. Please see link here.
AboutImmigration - 24-Apr-17 @ 11:16 AM
I'm an overstyer last 7.5 year in uk and I'm paid every single thing and tax also and not taking any rights likewelfare and NHS.now I want to increase my business and pay more tax but I don't have right to stay in uk can I getpermission to stay here and increase my business?????
Aman - 23-Apr-17 @ 12:44 PM
Hi,I married from Pakistan my wife is on spouse visa ,after coming here we don't have good relationship I want to break up.if I leave her is she can stay here or get permanent here she is pregnant right now. Guide me please
Sak - 17-Feb-17 @ 5:39 PM
I have idefinite leave to remain in the UK ..Is there any chance for my hubby to be goven papers on family grounds because we have twins together who are 7months.He is a failed asylum seeker.Our boys are British as I gave birth to them after 6 years of having residency in this country
Khanyo - 10-Feb-17 @ 11:54 AM
I happen to be looking for a job in the UK. No one invited me but am sure I can find a job. Am planning on coming. Is there any way I can make my coming legal or if I come, how can I make my stay legal. Thx
Ssenta83 - 21-Nov-15 @ 9:53 PM
Can someone who has been deported from uk for not renewing the visa still be part of businessand run from the own country where he came from?
ali - 10-Nov-15 @ 10:11 AM
Mary- Your Question:
I'm an overstayer and since I've been in this country I paid every single thing, my rent my bills, my food my clothes, my tickets, no once I missed my rent so I can't understand when people say that I'm taking advantage of the system.

Our Response:
The fact you are an overstayer means, by law, your are staying in the country illegally and while you personally think you may not be taking advantage of the system, the Government are concerned over those that are (i.e by not paying tax etc). Thankfully, you are in good health. However, if for some reason your where taken ill, or became unemployed and therefore reliant upon public funds, or your employer was exposed as employing you, then there could be not only severe repercussions for you, but your employer also. Please see link: UK Immigration Rules: Visas and Overstayers, here. You don't say how long you have been in the UK. If you have been an overstayer for many years, then you may be able to apply to become a British citizen under the Long Residence Rule.
AboutImmigration - 21-Oct-15 @ 10:01 AM
I'm an overstayer and since I've been in this country I paid every single thing, my rent my bills, my food my clothes, my tickets,no once I missed my rent so I can't understand when people say that I'm taking advantage of the system.
Mary - 20-Oct-15 @ 3:47 AM
Hi my village 2 person .husband and wife both are big live there illegal. Overstay.tyey are big criminals. Please deport both of them
aman - 21-Aug-15 @ 12:52 PM
muffinx - Your Question:
Dear Red Crossmy wife she lied on her application to come the citizen uk she lived in Bringahm now she's from Ethiopia but she lied to get her Id she said from Eritrean but she's originally from Ethiopia her real name Eskedar Teshome now she changed to Edom Tesfaye here is government issued our marriage certificate I need to deport her imaddetly

Our Response:
You can report an immigration crime via the link here.
AboutImmigration - 10-Aug-15 @ 12:46 PM
Dear Red Cross my wife she lied on her application to come the citizen uk she lived in Bringahm now she's from Ethiopia but she lied to get her Id she said from Eritrean but she's originally from Ethiopia her real name Eskedar Teshome now she changed to Edom Tesfaye here is government issued our marriage certificate I need to deport her imaddetly
muffinx - 8-Aug-15 @ 6:24 AM
I am British, never been out of work since I started at 15 years old, paid all my stamps etc. I am 67 now. I am really very angry that immigrants come here and get free three meals a day , ,and can stay in hotels etc, also free, and also receive £35/36 a day. My state pension does not even amount to that much money , will the government pay me that much money and free board and free three meals a day. I DO NOT THINK SO. It is about time we took a stand and stood up for ourselves.MAN UP PARLIAMENT AND SORT THIS INJUSTICE OUT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN BRITAIN ALL THERE LIVES AND WHO ARE NOT GETTING THE BENEFITS THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE.
spike - 5-Aug-15 @ 5:07 PM
Do you think they can stop him from going to Italy? as my friend is illegal here.
jb - 27-Jul-15 @ 2:44 PM
@Jb - passport exit checks were introduced back in April in order to further tighten the immigration routes and keep a check on criminals and terrorist suspects. So, yes, it is likely his passport will be checked.
AboutImmigration - 27-Jul-15 @ 2:19 PM
@Dee - the Home Office takes overstayers very seriously and are generally of the premise that they be deported and allowed to appeal from their own country. I can't say whether your friend would be granted LTR, she would have to speak to a professional immigration adviser via the link here. She can also find out more information on how the process is dealt with via the link here.
AboutImmigration - 27-Jul-15 @ 10:37 AM
hello, my friend has been in uk illegally for 10 months... He is descendant of italian... in september he goes to Italy get a italian passport... Do you think he will caught at airport leaving uk illegally? do they check passports when you leave uk?
Jb - 25-Jul-15 @ 5:47 AM
Hi, I have a friend who has been in the uk for almost 9 yrs now. The first 2 years she was legal and studying,but then she overstayed, currently illegally.She cannot come back to her country as she is a lesbian and her parents don't want her back. She went to the uk as a 16 yr old, she's since been there. And it's getting tougher by the day, her girlfriend was supporting her but they broke up recently.And she wants to see her siblings.Do you think it'll be possible for her to get her visa to stay in the UK as she has nothing back in her country.. being a lesbian, she's unwanted
Dee - 24-Jul-15 @ 12:07 PM
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