It didn’t take do-gooder lawyers long to try and get around the Government’s pledge to reduce net migration.
A new immigration rule requiring people to be able to speak English to move to the UK to be with their spouse which came into force last November is a breach of human rights, a court heard yesterday.
A couple have requested a judicial review to challenge the rule, which they claim contravenes their rights to a family life and is discriminatory.
Rashida Chapti, 54, a British citizen, and her 57-year-old husband, Vali, who is an Indian national and does not speak, read or write English, have applied for him to be allowed to join her in the UK.
The couple have been married for 37 years and have six children. Mrs Chapti has reportedly been travelling between India and England for 15 years and has now asked for her husband to join her.
The Chaptis and two other couples have begun proceedings to contest the rule.
Speaking from her home in Leicester, Mrs Chapti said her husband was too old to learn English. “I just want to be with my husband. I miss him,” she said. “I believe he has every right to be with me”.
Could always stay in India and be with him permanently. Maybe he is not in good health and wants full use of our NHS and pension allowance.
Four illegal workers were discovered at an Indian restaurant in Rugby on Thursday 21 July during a raid by UKBA officers.
Officers visited Exotica Bengal Cuisine, Lower Street, Hillmorton at 1800, questioning staff and checking their immigration status.
Four employees were found to be working illegally – all were Bangladeshi men.