Immigration is a topic on most people’s minds especially with the upcoming General Election. In fact, immigration is in the top three political concerns for Britons.

Although immigration is a big concern for many, the positive aspects of immigration are rarely publicised.

Just one day after the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne announced the Budget, the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook reported that more migrants are coming to Britain – perhaps 300,000 more over the next five years – but migrants add an estimated 0.6% to the potential output of the UK economy.

This simply means the economy is going to grow faster and so it is a positive for the UK’s economy.

It has been speculated by many that one of the reasons why Osbourne is able to make so many cuts is because of the amount of wealth accumulated by migrant workers; something that went unmentioned in the Budget.

I touched upon this with solicitor Shalini Bhargava, and we discussed how people generally find an employer before coming to the UK on a work visa. She explained that there has always been a high demand for chefs but they do not always pass the English Language test which is one of the requirements of many visa applications.

Returning back to the basics of immigration, I asked Shalini Bhargava the difference between immigration, migration, and political asylum. Immigration is when people come on a visa for a short amount of time; migration is when people come to the UK to stay permanently; and political asylum is when they seek refuge in this country because of the danger they face in their own one.

She explained that refugees do have human rights in this country if they pass the test that proves they are legitimately seeking political asylum.

Some of key information Shalini provided many of our callers with:

  • Seek professional help and advice: many people call the Home Office and are given different advice and information each time they call. Some turn to family and friends. Some deploy agents. Shalini explained that it is extremely important to seek advice from a professional solicitor so that you are not scammed. Applying for a visa is a long-term investment and going through channels that are incorrect can lengthen the application process time.
  • Always be honest: it is important, Shalini said, to be honest in all your applications. Do not brush anything under the carpet because if you do lie or withhold information, there is a high chance your application will be rejected and in some cases you can receive a ban for deception.
  • Check everything carefully: make sure you check all of your documents and the information you have provided to ensure everything is correct. Any mistakes may appear as deception.

Finally, Shalini explained that in any general appeal letter, you should provide all of the details of your case and present the information nicely and clearly. Never assume that the person on the other end knows anything other than what you are telling them. So include every detail you think is necessary to build a successful appeal case.