Discretionary Leave to Remain

Last year, The Independent newspaper carried out an investigation that found that the number of people that are waiting longer than the Home Office’s target times for their immigration claims to be processed is on the rise. With cases of families waiting anxiously to find out if they can stay together in the UK under discretionary leave to remain, leaving these people in a state of limbo is unacceptable. The figures showed that the proportion of UK settlement applications taking more than six months to resolve has almost doubled in three years. More than one in 10 applicants were found to have waited for longer than the Home Office’s own six-month customer service standard before receiving a decision in 2017, compared with 6 percent in 2014. This is also despite the fact that the number of applications processed decreased by a fifth in this same period, from 95,651 to … Read More