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Home Office in the media: 12 October 2017

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Home Office in the media

Today’s Home Office-related stories include changes to the immigration policy for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, an individual permanent residency case, and our the future immigration system when we leave the European Union.

Grenfell immigration policy

The Guardian, Times, Huffington Post and BBC are among the media outlets reporting the Home Office’s changes to the dedicated immigration policy for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is reported that survivors of the tragedy who have uncertain immigration status will have a route to permanent residency. The Guardian notes eligibility to remain indefinitely would depend upon passing security and criminality checks, and an individual having been resident in the UK legally for five years.

The announcement on GOV.UK gives more details about the changes while a comment from the Immigration Minister can be found below.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said:

Our initial response to this terrible tragedy was rightly focused on survivors’ immediate needs in the aftermath of the fire and ensuring they could access the services they need to start to rebuild their lives.

However, since the Grenfell Tower immigration policy was announced, we have been planning for the future of those residents affected by these unprecedented events and listening to their feedback, as well as the views of Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

The Government believes it is right to provide this specific group of survivors greater certainty over their long-term future in the UK, subject to their continued eligibility and the necessary security and criminality checks being met.

Individual immigration case

The Guardian reports on the immigration case of couple Stuart Ross and Maria Cristina Ubeda Tuero-O’Donnell. The paper says that American national Mr Ross spent three years trying to get permanent residency, and claims the Home Office "refused" to accept a judge's verdict after appealing a court ruling against the decision to refuse his application.

The Home Office comment on the case can be found below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Mr Ross was granted permanent residency in May 2016.

We exercised our right of appeal in this case to clarify points of law, and fully accept the outcome.

Mr Ross had the right to reside and work throughout the process.

Future immigration system

The Evening Standard carries an opinion piece from London Mayor Sadiq Khan where he sets out his own vision for a future immigration system for London.

In the article he accuses the government of only being "interested in appearing tough on immigration”, and argues that the government should be making it easier, not harder, for talented immigrants to come to the UK.

The Home Office’s response can be found below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

After we leave the EU we will have an immigration system which works in the best interests of the UK. Crucial to the development of this will be the views from a range of businesses.

We will be setting out our initial proposals for this system later in the year but we have already been clear there will be an implementation period after we leave the EU to avoid a cliff edge for businesses.

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