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UK Minister Says Number of Immigration Appeals Will Be Cut

October 2013, 29
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UK Immigration

There have been a number of calls to ‘overhaul’ the UK immigrationSystem. One of the main areas of concern for a while now is the current appeal system. The planned changes will make it easier to deport those who fail with their case for asylum and unsuccessfully appeal against the decision.

Theresa May MP (the Home Secretary) detailed a total of 17 different ways that people could currently appeal deportation. In many cases, this meant that the case could end up in the courts for years. However, May suggested that the number of valid appeal methods would be dropped to just 4, which would ultimately mean that the system for appeals would be streamlined, and therefore, cases would be dealt with quicker. 
 
Calls for changes to the appeals process are by no means new in the UK. The process has been in the limelight in the British media a lot over the last few months with the successful removal of hate preacher Abu Qatada in July 2013. He spent over a decade in the UK fighting deportation orders with what many believed were frivolous appeals. Mrs. May pointed out that it was ‘ridiculous’ that the whole process had taken that amount of time.
 

The Human Rights Act 1988

The Human Rights Act 1988 currently incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into what is a UK law. Mrs. May said that judges were interpreting Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights law incorrectly, which meant that appeals were often drawn out. She went on to say that any changes to the law would clear up these issues.

Deport then hear the appeal

Mrs. May also made two other points very clear. She said that in cases where there was no risk to a foreign criminal in their home country they should be deported before having their case heard in the UK at a later date.  Furthermore, and maybe most importantly, she said that those who are facing deportation should not be eligible for legal aid.
 
Mrs. May said that more information about the proposed changes would be released in the next few weeks, but it was likely that any substantial changes would not come in until after the next general election in 2015.
 
It is likely that any Indian citizen currently fighting a deportation order in the UK will not have to worry about the impending changes. When or if the proposed changes are made, they will only affect new cases.
 
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