To: Caroline Nokes



Home Office visa processing delays are inhumane and arbitrary.

The number of people waiting longer than the Home Office’s target time for their immigration claims to be processed has soared despite a considerable drop in cases. The government has been accused of leaving thousands of people in a “state of limbo” as figures show the proportion of UK settlement applications taking more than than six months to resolve has almost doubled in three years.

Data obtained by The Independent through a freedom of information request reveal more than one in 10 applicants – amounting to 8,210 people – waited for longer than the Home Office’s own six-month customer service standard before receiving a decision in 2017, compared with 6 per cent – or 5,627 – in 2014.

We want them to take some action or at least be responsive and accountable to the aggrieved people and address their concerns. The delay is causing much grief to the applicants and is affecting their family union.

Why is this important?

This is important because this is affecting the family ties and causing emotional breakdown of the couples separated because of the inaction of the Home Office. Also, the children are unable to receive the love and affection of their parents which is depriving them of their right to live in the company of their parents.