Immigration minister reveals first results of paragraph 322(5) investigation

The first phase of a Home Office investigation into migrants being refused settlement because of tax discrepancies shows that the refusals were “correct”, the immigration minister said today. In a letter to the Home Affairs committee, published on 28 June, Caroline Nokes laid out the initial findings from a review of several hundred “paragraph 322(5) cases”, so called after the relevant Immigration Rule. The letter says that the hundreds of cases reviewed so far “fall into a clear pattern” where applicants “exaggerated their earnings to the Home Office to claim enough points to obtain leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain in the UK or, alternatively, substantially under-reported their…

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