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UK Policies on Illegal Immigrants

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 12 Oct 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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Hawk - Your Question:
I'm overstayer from about 10 years now,I was student so I hv ni number as well for 20 hours but I used to pay tax of full time work until last year, now I'm nt paying bcz of change the job, my wife also overstateyer her visitor visa 3 years before any suggestion for us, thnks

Our Response:
If you are undocumented, then this guidance for how UK Visas and Immigration considers applications for further leave to remain made by applicants without valid leave, here .
AboutImmigration - 13-Oct-17 @ 12:48 PM
I'm overstayer from about 10 years now,I was student so I hv ni number as well for 20 hours but I used to pay tax of full time work until last year, now I'm nt paying bcz of change the job, my wife also overstateyer her visitor visa 3 years before any suggestion for us, thnks
Hawk - 12-Oct-17 @ 3:55 PM
Lizzy - Your Question:
Please can you reply to me pls I need ur help

Our Response:
If you are an undocumented person living in the UK, then your only option would be to seek independent immigration advice, please see link here. As a rule, undocumented persons are liable for automatic deportation by the Home Office. It means there is little we can do to advise.
AboutImmigration - 10-Oct-17 @ 12:18 PM
Please can you reply to me pls I need ur help
Lizzy - 9-Oct-17 @ 6:09 PM
Neel - Your Question:
Hey. I live in Uk from 2002! is any help from Humen Right to be Legal here ? I don't wane benefits I wane pay my taxe and I wane be freedom becouse is very hard to live life like this! Regards Thank you

Our Response:
Your only option is to seek an independent immigration adviser, please see link here .
AboutImmigration - 8-Sep-17 @ 11:59 AM
Hey. I live in Uk from 2002! is any help from Humen Right to be Legal here ? I don't wane benefits I wane pay my taxe and I wane be freedom becouse is very hard to live life like this! Regards Thank you
Neel - 7-Sep-17 @ 4:59 PM
Hi I have problem with visa extensioni have right with rules when i appliedbut home office keep saying wrong rules and refused too.i spent lots of money for visa application. NOW me and husband cant work our life is almost gone because staff who working there have no idea what they doing.
Mo - 2-Sep-17 @ 1:59 PM
Hi Please can you replying too me Pls
Me - 26-Aug-17 @ 7:19 PM
Hey. Pls what's the best way too go about this?
Me - 19-Aug-17 @ 8:51 PM
Hey. I live in Uk from 2002! is any help from Humen Right to be Legal here ? I don't wane benefits I wane pay my taxe and I wane be freedom becouse is very hard to live life like this! Regard Thankyou
Me - 16-Aug-17 @ 12:44 AM
I want declare someone is illegalwhat i have to do ? Call police or uk border agency ?
Kala - 12-Aug-17 @ 8:51 PM
Kye - Your Question:
My boyfriend is from Albania and has been here illegally for 2 years. I am British. We would like him to get his legal papers. Whats the best way to go about this?

Our Response:
It is Home Office policy that if an individual has overstayed their leave or permission to stay in the UK by more than 28 days any application for further leave will be automatically refused. Therefore, you would have to seek independent immigration advice, please see link here .
AboutImmigration - 4-Aug-17 @ 10:37 AM
My boyfriend is from Albania and has been here illegally for 2 years. I am British. We would like him to get his legal papers. Whats the best way to go about this?
Kye - 3-Aug-17 @ 2:39 PM
I m live in 6 years.my 2 sons born uk first 5 years old sacond 2 years old i m asylums seekers i m Pakistani
Ashi - 19-Jul-17 @ 9:01 AM
nadouche - Your Question:
Hi I 'am illegal immigrants for 6 years I have 2 kids born in UK from illegal dad he is been her 18 years my kids 5 years and 2 years what I need to do

Our Response:
You can see more via the CAB link here which will help answer your question.
AboutImmigration - 17-Jul-17 @ 12:19 PM
hi I 'am illegal immigrants for 6 yearsI have 2 kids born in UK fromillegaldadhe is beenher 18 years my kids 5 years and 2 years what I need to do
nadouche - 15-Jul-17 @ 5:16 PM
I'm living in the UK illegally for 16 years now, I have applied for discretionary leave since mid 2013. They sent for a biometric which I provided and they ( HomeOffice) have acknowledged it, but still waiting for a decision afterfour and a half years. Please, what further steps should I take now. Thanks
Ramona - 10-Jul-17 @ 12:59 PM
Shery - Your Question:
Plz tell me about new immigration laws2017 about illegal immigrants.who are staying in England since 8 years.Plz tell me how they can get visa or can they move another country like Spain or Italy.what laws about illegal Pakistanies.Plz reply me.

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here which should answer your question.
AboutImmigration - 4-Jul-17 @ 3:00 PM
Plz tell me about new immigration laws2017 about illegal immigrants.who are staying in England since 8 years.Plz tell me how they can get visa or can they move another country like Spain or Italy .what laws about illegal Pakistanies.Plz reply me .
Shery - 24-Jun-17 @ 2:01 PM
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
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