Comment: migrants need the right to work while fighting immigration cases

I am quoted in a recent Guardian story about the notorious, if niche, paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules. This is the rule being used to refuse leave to remain to migrants because of alleged discrepancies between their tax returns to HMRC and the income declared to the Home Office for visa purposes. Nath has done a detailed explainer. As she points out, these differences can have an innocent explanation. Paragraph 322(5) itself reads: It is undesirable to let an applicant stay because of their character, behaviour or associations (including convictions which do not fall within paragraph 322(1C)), or because they are a threat to national security. And Home Office guidance…

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