*Hugo, a French citizen, arrived in the United Kingdom with his parents at the age of 4 months. He was no longer in contact with his British father and lived with his mother, who had severe mental health issues. His life was shaped by establishing a life through education and employment in the UK, however, a 2018 criminal conviction complicated matters, making him liable to deportation. His anxiety and depression, for which he received medication, made it all the more difficult to navigate these intricate legal challenges.
“In January 2022 I was granted immigration bail and released from prison. I was given very limited information on how to defend my case and stop my removal from the UK. After contacting SWLLC, Sabira Kashmiri took up my case and handled it from start to finish” Hugo wrote in a heartfelt letter addressed “To whom this may concern.”
“I’ve never met anyone more dedicated to their work than Sabira. There were times where I wasn’t keeping on top of gathering evidence and replying to emails, but Sabira would keep on top of it and gently push me to get everything done.”
“I can honestly say that the level of care I received from Sabira throughout my case is unparalleled. In the past, when dealing with solicitors, it has always felt as though they were just doing their job. Sabira took my case more seriously than even I did, and for that reason I have nothing but gratitude for this life changing service that Sabira and her colleagues at SWLLC have provided.”
Hugo and Sabira’s journey exemplified the unique bond between legal professionals and clients in the legal advice sector, turning the often daunting legal process into a collaborative and transformative experience.
“I can confidently say that without Sabira’s involvement, the Home Office would have been successful in my removal – or at the very least, I would still be fighting for my right to remain”
WHAT WE DID:
The process unfolded across a series of strategic steps, from launching an appeal against a human rights refusal to attempts to obtain indefinite leave to remain (also known as settled status) under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Hugo had initially applied to the EUSS after the deadline of 30 June 2021 whilst in prison. His EUSS application did not progress for a very long time.
After being released from prison, Hugo received a deportation order due to his offences and a human rights refusal decision. Sabira lodged an appeal against this decision. Hugo’s EUSS application was also considered during the Human Rights appeal. He received an EUSS refusal on grounds of suitability, which Sabira also lodged an appeal for.
Both the EUSS and the human rights appeal were considered together and allowed in Hugo’s favour.
The Home Office persisted in seeking permission to appeal and advance with deportation, but their subsequent requests were rejected by the Upper Tribunal, ultimately leading to him being granted indefinite leave to remain (also known as settled status) under the EUSS .
Hugo’s journey resonates as a testament to personal resilience and the profound impact of dedicated legal advocacy. As our Law Centres provide support and advice, we hope to continue to be a resource for our communities and ensure access to justice.
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