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Thousands of foreign nationals stuck in visa limbo

26 August 2016

ALMOST 14,000 foreign nationals are living in limbo in Scotland waiting for the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) division of the Home Office to tell them if they can stay.And the MP who has been fighting the highest profile case – that of the Brain family in Dingwall – says the immigration system is in chaos.Figures The National obtained through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the Home Office show that on March 31, the number of temporary migration applications pending in Scotland was 8,065, and the number of permanent applications stood at 5,915.Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford said: “These are astonishing numbers and show the scale of the challenges we face with the Home Office. The whole system is in chaos.“Our immigration needs are very different to those in the rest of the UK. We need families and young people.“These figures demonstrate that the only way we will have a system that’s fit for purpose will be if Scotland has control of our own immigration policy.”Source

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