Year on year since 2010 the Home Office Immigration Department has wasted millions pounds of tax-payers money on mismanagement, poor performance, inefficiency and bureaucracy. There are hundreds of examples of Home Office inefficiency and countless documented records of such incompetence. Two examples include an immigrant student who had his immigration status decided after 8 years despite chasing up the Home Office for a decision. The Home Office then refused his application for leave to remain in the UK. Only when the case was hallenged by way of Judicial Review in the High Court (where only independent Judges sit) did the Home Office back down and grant this student the leave requested. Another recent example is of someone who has spent 23 years living in the UK, but the Home Office refused him leave to remain in the UK. Again only when the case was challenged in the High Court by way of Judicial Review did the Home Office concede and grant this person leave to remain in the UK. The Home Office never want cases to end up in the High Court by way of Judicial Review because the published decision can be an embarrassment to them.
If the Home Office employed more competent, legally qualified staff who didn’t make such blunders then at least the tax-payer would be getting their money’s worth. So many staff in Home Office immigration may not be legally qualified but they are allowed to make decisions on life and death for immigrants and get away with imposing incorrect decisions. We demand that the Home Office recruit legally qualified caseworkers with law degrees and vocational training to handle cases competently. Furthermore, such caseworkers should be given firm deadlines on deciding cases. Cases should be decided within 3 months (across all categories) and if not – a very good reason should be provided to the tax-payer.
At the moment cases at the Home Office can languish for several years before they are decided. During this time an immigrant is not allowed (by law) to work (thereby contribute tax to the economy) and is not allowed to contribute to society. Other vulnerable people such as the elderly, infirm and families with children – are subjected to severe pressure simply to ‘survive’.