In documents made only available to the Algiers Herald, Sajid Javid’s controversial department has been accused of blackmailing and defrauding an Algerian resident of 9 years.
The victim, a British-educated resident and no other than an employee of the Embassy of Algeria in London, shared with us how the Home Office, initially rejected his leave to remain extension in January 2018 on the basis that his salary was insufficient by a little over 100 British pounds per month and given 14 days to leave the country, despite the fact that the resident had lived in the U.K longer than he had lived in his home country, spoke perfect English and was a charity volunteer.
Following the first refusal, the Home Office is alleged to have given the resident formal guarantees under which if he was to apply again under another role, the salary requirement would be met and “all would be in order“.
Unable to work as part of the immediate restrictions set out in the first refusal letter, the resident satisfied by the Home Office and Embassy of Algeria reassurances, proceeded to borrow from friends and co-workers alike the required 2,200 British pounds to apply again.
After nearly 2 months waiting for the confirmation of his leave to remain extension, losing his rental apartment and having to re-home his dog in the process, the resident was called early May 2018 by the Embassy of Algeria, telling him over the phone that the Home Office has ‘changed its mind’.
In complete disregard to the procedural rules in place, the Home Office then proceeded to what can easily considered blackmailing the resident, issuing him with a deadline to either withdraw his second application or have “REFUSED” stamped on his passport, insinuating that he would have issues traveling in the future if it was the case. The deadline was set for 12 days later, at which point the resident received the refusal later which stated that the Home Office did not believe the role was genuine, an invalid argument considering the change of the role under which the resident was sponsored was suggested by Home Offie staff.
The claimant also found himself in a life-threatening situation as he wasn’t allowed to request his medication from his General Practitioner (GP).
“It’s shameful for a country like the U.K to fall so low and engage in Gestapo-like practices, the Tories are always talking about selective immigration, human rights, yet you have cases like this that highlight the absurdity of the U.K’s immigration policies. How can you tell someone to leave within two weeks after they’ve contributed so much towards our society“, human rights activist Nora F. told the Algiers Herald when asked about her first reaction to this case.
Adding, “Last year, Kyle Herbert, a British citizen born and bred in Shrewbury, lost his job when the Home Office ordered his deportation to Uganda, a country he has no connection with and has probably never even heard of. This goes to show how utterly incompetent this department has become“.
Theresa May and xenophobia
It isn’t the first time that an Algerian citizen has found himself the subject of Theresa May’s hostile policy towards foreigners.
In June 2012, Theresa May’s behaviour was condemned by a judge as “unacceptable and regrettable” as she became only the second Home Secretary in history to be found guilty of contempt of court, after refusing to comply by a judge’s orders to release Aziz Lamari, an Algerian citizen unlawfully detained.
In another case that made the world’s headlines, the Home Office was accused of wrongly deporting residents of Jamaican origins, in disregard for the country’s own Human Rights Act.
Former political analyst at the now defunct firm Bell Pottinger, spoke to us under the condition of anonymity: “The Home Office is essentially a cash cow for the government” noting the outrageous fees imposed by the department, “its policies have been designed to pander to the U.K far right, find a scapegoat for the country’s problems and at the same time generate billions in revenues. If an immigrant was to misspell a single letter on his application, the visa can be refused on that basis alone“, adding that “the complex rules that change every other hour constitute a system designed to trap applicants and unfairly reject applications. People have lost their homes, their families, their jobs because of the Home Office“.
Ongoing legal case
The claimant, Y.B, who accepted to speak exclusively to the Algiers Herald under the condition of anonymity has described his ordeal whilst working for the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as nothing short of “shameful“.
“Initially, I was gutted by the the treatment I’d received from the Algerian authorities, cowardice seems to have been the trademark of their reaction or lack thereof, any other country would have managed to resolve the issue, my spineless employer left me homeless in the U.K unable to afford rent, they just vanished into thin air without providing any explanation or compensation whatsoever, this after giving my heart and soul to serve the Algerian community in the U.K“.
Asked about what’s next for the case, the claimant refused to comment further on the basis that “the case is ongoing, I’ve been advised against providing specific details by my legal counsel, however this case’s implications go beyond what we’ve discussed, my legal counsel will elaborate in due time, but all I can tell you is that some elements of the case are of great public interest, notably my experience working for the Embassy and the shady practices I was forced to take part in“.
Concluding with “there are basically two separate cases, one against the Home Office at the European Court of Human Rights and one against the Algerian authorities in regards to my employment“.
The Algiers Herald approached the Home Office and Embassy of Algeria for a comment but they declined.