Immigration times up
A report by British Newspaper The Independent has shown that the time that immigration appeals are taking to be processed has soared to an average of 52 weeks compared to 31 weeks in 2016. The Ministry of Justice noted that the difference in the figures between 2016 and 2017 was due to a “significant reduction” of an “outstanding caseload.”
The report also shows that 50% of the appeals are successful meaning those that are within their rights are having to put their lives on hold while waiting for a decision on their appeal. With the significant reduction in new cases, there must be a question of how acceptable continued cuts are in light of how badly many government departments and especially the Home Office need more staff.
average clearance time
Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said: “The average clearance time, which is measured from receipt of an appeal to its conclusion, went up between 2015-16 and 2016-17 because of the Tribunal significantly reducing its outstanding caseload and clearing older cases during that period.
“Outstanding caseload has now reduced from 64,800 in June 2016 to 35,100 at the end of December 2017.” This reduction is being slammed as now cases should be being dealt with significantly quicker, but the increase in pace is not happening.
Campaigners have slammed the figures and it seems that the future is hardly looking bright for the Home Office as they still need to make preparations for the changes that Brexit will bring to their department. Obviously, there seems to be little surety of what is going to change in the future and that means that the notoriously slow Home Office will probably not have long to implement changes that will be necessary.
The Home Office is currently being attacked on all sides after a series of blunders that have called into question the ability of the department to carry out its work. Add these problems plus Brexit and you can see that there are major problems ahead for the Home Office and potentially more significant ones for those that use the services of the department.
The Government now urgently needs to settle the outstanding issues surrounding Brexit in order to not completely destroy the UK’s immigration system with the sheer overload of needing to deal with the issues surrounding EU citizens in the UK. The issues have been a political hot potato for far too long and are about time that EU citizens knew where their futures stand within the UK. This would help to allow the Home Office to work out required staffing levels and hopefully receive the money that they need.