Last week PM David Cameron said:The Prime Minister used his long-awaited immigration speech to insist that curbs on tax credits, child benefits, jobseekers allowance and council housing will be a key demand for his talks on renegotiating Britain’s EU membership.

Issuing a direct appeal for other European countries that have seen thousands of citizens move to the UK to support limiting movement across the continent, he insisted his demands were not ‘outlandish’ and Britain deserves ‘to be heard’. The PM then threatened to block any new countries joining the EU unless controls are imposed to stop their citizens flocking to more successful economies like Britain.

Naturally people are worried about the repercussions this will have on their applications and also those they wish to submit applications for their family and relations to come to the UK. This is because having so much pressure on the state can also lead to more restraints being placed on the government in their plight to curb immigration levels.

For the last few weeks the news has been full of stories which state how the UK government has been at loggerheads with the EU states because of the number of immigrants coming to the UK to settle down. There have been concerns over pressure on services such as education while many workers say their wages are being driven down by foreign employees. Difficulties deporting foreign criminals have created unwelcome headlines too.

However this crackdown has had a massive impact on the number of people who are allowed to come into the UK for other reasons such as work, study and marriage.

On today’s show I was joined by Harnik Atwal, from Atwal Law. Harnik said that inevitably this crack down on immigrants would take its toll on the number of people who would be allowed into the country from the Indian sub-continent. He emphasised the need to fill out applications honestly, without errors and taking the help of a legal representative if required.

Harnik stated that often immigration cases could be quite a long and tedious process and as an applicant though one can check on the progress of the application, it is best not to harass the department for a response. He gave some great advice to the viewers at home and stated that it was important to fill out the correct paperwork and be patient when it comes to waiting for an application. However, he did emphasise the need to return to one’s home country in case one has overstayed and return at one’s own expense as there is more chance of the applicant getting a re-entry. However, if the Home Office has to pay for the applicant’s travel it is likely that one will receive a ban. So it’s better to follow the rules to make sure that you are allowed entry in and out of countries across the world, because no one wants lifetime stains on their passport.