No appeal against Home office decisions, BNP avows

Party not in favour of appeals by would-be immigrants refused visas

7th January 2010:
The British National Party has made it clear that it is not in favour of appeals by would-be immigrants refused visas to enter Britain; and would abolish the right of such appeals if the party has its way.

A BNP government, if it comes into existence, would legislate that all decisions made by senior Home Office officials would not be subject to appeal except in the most extreme of cases.

The BNP’s argument is that such appeals cost at least £1 million every week. Quoting reports, the party has asserted that family members of Third World immigrants already in Britain who are refused visas to visit their relatives have launched so many appeals against the decisions that it costs the Home Office at least £52 million in legal fees every year.

Referring to a report by Migrationwatch, the party says the reason for the eight-fold increase in appeals is that the definition of a “family visitor” is currently so wide that it can include as many as 120 relatives of an average middle-aged immigrant in Britain, including first cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

Migrationwatch also said the system is poorly regulated and “visitors” often stay on illegally without being removed. Migrationwatch said in the last year alone, India, Pakistan and Nigeria were responsible for nearly 200,000 family visa applications alone. The total number of appeals is now running at more than 1,000 a week.

Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green said in his commentary that there was a clear risk that, once here, some of these visitors would stay on illegally knowing that the chance of being removed was remote.

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