The Guardian recently published an article on Kehinde’s legal success; a Nigerian woman who has won the the right to work whilst she is awaiting a decision on her immigration status due to her serious, ongoing illness and need to afford medication and to pay for general living costs.
MLC’s Legal Team believe that Kehinde’s case sets an important precedent that others can rely on in the future. We have numerous clients who face issues paying for basic living costs whilst awaiting decisions on their status. These clients are not only limited to those in similar situations to Kehinde but also to clients with section 3C leave who legally have the right to work whilst their case is being decided but the hostile immigration environment causes their employers to doubt the legality of their working.
The only consequences of not allowing people like Kehinde to work whilst they await a decision is to drive them into destitution and desperation. It also means, as Kehinde rightly argues, that they cannot contribute to UK society through tax payments whilst they await decisions that could take months to be made. Surely it would be better for both the Home Office, the clients and society if those waiting on immigration decisions were allowed to work during these lengthy waits?
Should you require any immigration advice on section 3C leave, whether you have a right to work whilst you have a pending decision or any other query, please contact us at MLC Immigration Lawyers – 0161 2244224
By Hannah Wilkinson
MLC Immigration Lawyers