Sinister changes to Discretionary Leave rules

2015 April 19Dear Parliamentary candidate,

I would be interested in your response to the information below. If you succeed in being elected and/or your Party leads the next government would you support the continuation of the policy just adopted by this Government?

On 6 April (Easter Monday) a sinister revolution took place in the renewal of Discretionary Leave to Remain. Until 5th April all applicants for renewal  had to fill a form with about 15 pages in it, most of them redundant  if the person had committed no offences over the 2½ or 3 years since they had been granted DLR. there was no fee – only the postage cost.
Overnight applicants have to fill in a 32-page form and also have to pay £649 per individual, including dependant infants, plus a further £600 per person for a brand new “Immigration Health Surcharge”. there will also be a charge of £40 per person of for their “Biometric Residence Permit”, unless they have one already. But most people don’t have one because it was introduced more recently than 3 years ago, so a family of 3, for example will be paying £4,000!
The biometric Residence Permit identifies the person as a “migrant”, and those who seek employment must have their BRP carefully scrutinised by the prospective employer, who is expected to make an examination according to 16 bullet points.
Here is the link to the form where you can also see the full range of charges:

Yours ….