William and Noriko

Migrants' Lives and Hopes

“We want to raise our baby together, in a country where the culture and language are not going to hinder my career as I need to financially support my family.”

 
William is a British citizen, married to Noriko who is Japanese. They live together in Scotland and are expecting their first child. Noriko’s visa expires in April 2013, raising uncertainty and taking away some of the pure joy they should feel at their new arrival.

William is a commis chef, on his way to a fulfilling career as a chef. At this stage in his development it is not possible to earn £18,600, despite working really hard and putting in about 50 hours a week.

The couple faces two choices:
• Exile from the UK to go to live together in Japan where they will face worries over career, money and family; the language and cultural differences William would face are likely to stall progress in his career.
• Life in separate countries for unknowable years, breaking up their family unit and committing their child to being brought up singlehandedly by only one parent.

William and Noriko both believe parents should be together to give their child the best upbringing and the best chances in life.

The current family immigration rules mean an end to these hopes and beliefs, and an estranged family after April 2013.

 

BREAKING NEWS

William and Noriko’s baby arrived last week: a warm WELCOME from us, regardless of the UKBA’s unwelcome style. Our hearty congratulations to the proud parents!

A welcome bundle for parents William and Noriko

A welcome bundle for parents William and Noriko

 

IF YOU ARE ALSO AFFECTED BY UK HOME OFFICE FAMILY IMMIGRATION POLICY, GET IN TOUCH WITH US TO INCLUDE YOUR CASE IN OUR PORTFOLIO TO THE FAMILY MIGRATION INQUIRY AT THE WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT. Email info@migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk or see www.migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk.

 

NOTES:

For further details on the new Family Migration Rules, please review the June 2012 Home Office Statement of Intent on family migration rules. Also read the  overview by Migrants’ Rights Scotland and the Migrants Rights Network briefing.

If you are experiencing the same or other issues as a result of the new family immigration rules, please email info@migrantsrightsscotland.org.uk. You can also get in touch with Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

Other migrant networks campaigning for change to the rules or highlighting their legal implications are Migrants Rights Network and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.