Libyans in the UK

The UKBA published guidance for Libyans who wish to extend their leave outside of the normal Immigration Rules. They say that:

‘Where an individual is unable to meet some requirements of the Rules or provide some of the required evidence they should state why this is not possible, explaining any exceptional circumstances. We will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and we may use our discretion when reviewing cases.

Any Libyan national, with continuing lawful leave or previous lawful leave that has expired since 22 February 2011, who does not meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules but are unable to return to Libya may now be allowed to temporarily extend their stay in the UK.’

Applications can be made on the FLR(O) form. Where you cannot meet the fee you will need to complete an additional questionnaire which can be found here. Discretion may be applied in exceptional circumstances to grant a further period of leave for up to 6 months outside the Rules.

It is currently unclear how these applications will be considered given recent events in Libya, however, until this guidance is revised it may still be worth making the applications.

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is open

The Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) category of the UK's points-based system is open for applications.

The new category is for people who are internationally recognised as world-leading, or potential world-leading, talent in science or the arts. It is not possible to make the application from within the UK, it can only be made from abroad.

Click here for more information on the UKBA website.

Campsfield Detention Centre Suicide

According to fell detainees, a man who was about to be deported has killed himself at Campsfield House. The 35 year old hanged himself in a toilet block hours before he was due to be forcibly removed. The Home Office confirmed that a 35-year-old man had died stating:

"The UK Border Agency is in the process of contacting his family and our sympathies are with them at this time. The police and prisons and probation ombudsman are investigating the matter, as is the norm, and we are cooperating fully with their investigations."

Campsfield House holds 200 asylum seekers and foreign prisoners and was the scene for protests in the past over conditions and the length of detention and method used to force returns. These are ongoing concerns for all detention centres and it is unfortunately not the first time that a detainee has committed suicide or suffered due to the method of forced removals which often involves dangerous and inappropriate techniques. Changes are long overdue.

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