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We have one update on European Courts of Justice rulings. The Supreme Court has determined that the Home Office's ban on married visa applicants ( or their sponsor) under the age of 21 who wanted to apply for a settlement visa for the UK was in contravention of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights ( basically, the right to family life ). The Home Office's reasoning in bringing in the ban on spouse visa applicants ( and their British sponsor ) being under the age of 21 was that they were trying to protect younger people being forced ( in some cultures) to marry (against their will ). The Supreme Court is saying, in effect, that the Home Office' s ban is disproportionate in that it also bans couples, where one or both is under the age of 21, from applying for a visa even though they are in an unforced marriage. Lord Wilson, of the Supreme Court, says of the Secretary of State's introduction of the ban :
[The Secretary of State] clearly fails to establish … that the amendment is no more than is necessary to accomplish her objective and … that it strikes a fair balance between the rights of the parties to unforced marriages and the interests of the community in preventing forced marriages. On any view it is a sledge-hammer but she has not attempted to identify the size of the nut. At all events she fails to establish that the interference with the rights of the respondents under article 8 is justified.


Strong words, and another setback for the Home Office. I have some sympathy with the Home Office reasoning behind the introduction of the ban as they said that it was being introduced to try to protect the vulnerable young members of certain cultures who were being forced into marriage. Unfortunately, the ban was all too encompassing for European law, and wide-ranging Article 8 of the European Convention. But, and it is a big but, the ruling does not mean that the age limit is automatically lowered as this now requires a change in the law, the Immigration Rules. Until the Immigration Rules are changed, the age limit remains, in law, the same as it is now - 21. It would indeed be interesting to know what decision a visa officer would come to if an application from an "under-age" applicant was submitted now. This is the view of a person far wiser than me .
"While the Border Agency think about what to do, Entry Clearance Officer and Immigration Officers may well continue to apply the old law. The UKBA have a poor record at respecting court judgments and the Immigration Rules remain as they were until they are altered by a formal Statement of Changes. However, if an appeal is lodged and pursued an Immigration Judge will allow an appeal based purely on age."
The situation may have been rectified by the time this article gets to print, of course.


Visa PlusOn a different subject altogether, the British government has said that it will be getting tougher with what they call " health tourists", that is visitors who have medical treatment in the UK, and don't pay for it. The UK Immigration Minister said :
"Overseas visitors who fail to pay off their debts for NHS treatment will soon be denied permission to enter or stay in the UK, Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced.
Changes to the Immigration Rules were laid in Parliament today, meaning that those subject to immigration control who fail to settle an outstanding bill of £1,000 or more will not be allowed to enter or remain in the UK until the debt is paid off."


In theory, the NHS will provide details of NHS " debtors" to the UKBA, and that information will be available to visa officers and to immigration officers at UK ports. Visa applicants identified as being NHS debtors will be refused visas for the UK. The Minister says:
'It's very simple - pay up or you won't be welcome in the UK.' Strong words, indeed.


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It was Paddy and Seamus giving the motorcycle a ride on a brisk autumn day. After a wee bit, Paddy who was sitt'n behind Seamus on the bike began to holler ..."Seamus ... Seamus ... the wind is cutt'n me chest out!"
"Well, Paddy my lad," said Seamus, "why don't you take your jacket off and turn it from front to back ... that'll block the wind for you."
So Paddy took Seamus' advice and turned his jacket from front to back and got back on the bike and the two of them were off down the road again. After a bit, Seamus turned to talk to Paddy and was horrified to see that Paddy was not there. Seamus immediately turned the bike around and retraced their route. When after a short time he came to a turn and saw a bunch of farmers standing around Paddy who was sitting on the ground.
"T'anks be to heaven, is he alright?" Seamus hailed to the farmers.
"Well," said one of the farmers, " he was alright when we found him here .. but since we turned his head back to front .. he hasn't said a word since!"


VisaA blonde and brunette are having tea when suddenly the phone rings. The blonde picks it up and immediantely starts crying.
Her brunette friend asks her, "Why are you crying dear?"
Blonde says, "Because my mom just called and said that my father just died. "I'm so sorry," says the brunette.
The blonde finally stops crying, when the phone rings again. She picks it up and starts crying again.
The brunette asks again whats wrong, to which the blonde replies, "My brother just called and said that his father died too."


A shapely Finnish blonde girl was a counselor at a girl's camp on Wonder Lake. She was at the camp a day early to get things in order, and when her work was done, she thought it would be nice to start a sun tan "au natural", since this was private property. Suddenly, she heard male voices! She jumped up, stood in a crouch, and covered her bosom with crossed arms.


Super ConsultantsTwo young men approached her, asking "Which way is it to the boy's camp on Wonder Lake?"
She said, "Oh, I know you guys, you just want me to point so you can see my titties!"
"No, no," they said, "we just want to know what direction we must go, we're lost."
"O.K., she said, straightening up standing on her right leg and lifting her left leg horizontally, she said, "It's over dat way."


The three finalists in the Women's Olympic swim meet were all novices to international competition. However, all had excelled during the early going, and after several heats the score was tied; the first match employing the breast stroke would decide the winner. The gun sounded, and the three young women dove into the water. Nancy finished first, crossing the pool in five seconds flat; Jean finished less than half a second later. Bringing up the rear was Mary, a blonde, who finished a full ten seconds after the others. As she completed the lap and climbed from the pool, she sputtered, "I protest! The other women were using their arms!"


She said, "Oh, I know you guys, you just want me to point so you can see my titties!"
"No, no," they said, "we just want to know what direction we must go, we're lost."
"O.K., she said, straightening up standing on her right leg and lifting her left leg horizontally, she said, "It's over dat way."


The three finalists in the Women's Olympic swim meet were all novices to international competition. However, all had excelled during the early going, and after several heats the score was tied; the first match employing the breast stroke would decide the winner. The gun sounded, and the three young women dove into the water. Nancy finished first, crossing the pool in five seconds flat; Jean finished less than half a second later. Bringing up the rear was Mary, a blonde, who finished a full ten seconds after the others. As she completed the lap and climbed from the pool, she sputtered, "I protest! The other women were using their arms!"