Dear Home Secretary.
We are writing to express our serious concerns about recent changes to the Immigration Rules, which introduced a requirement that applicants for settlement under paragraph 289A (the domestic violence rule) be free of unspent convictions. The changes, laid before parliament on 31 March 2011 in the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC908, took effect on 6 April 2011. We are deeplyconcerned that this requirement has directly undermined the Government’s commitments to eliminate violence against women, set out in the Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls, and will force women to remain in abusive relationships. Continue reading “Immigration rule changes fail to protect vulnerable women”