Petition: fees for applying for leave to remain

Sign PetitionPetition: The Government should not proceed with plans to increase immigration court fees.

The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants and asylum seekers pay to have their immigration/asylum cases heard in court. This huge rise in fee (eg. from £140 to £800 for a hearing in court) will prevent individuals from being able to take their cases to court.

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If the Home Office makes an incorrect decision on someone’s case, this can usually be appealed in court. The fee increase will make people unable to challenge such decisions, leading to severe disruption in their personal/family lives.

Only rich people will be able to access courts, as the proposed amounts are impossible for most immigrants and asylum seekers to pay. This is unacceptable.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/21/asylum-and-immigration-court-fees-set-to-rise-by-over-500

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Please sign and share. 10,000 signatures means that the government will respond; 100,000 is what is needed for a debate! So still some way to go…. (If you also have contacts to community justice groups, this is also part of a drive to turn justice into a commodity which is only accessible by the rich – it’s not only about asylum seekers.)