The UK relies on the bravery and sacrifice of members of the UK Armed Forces drawn from across the Commonwealth yet charges them thousands to continue to live here when they leave. This has to end.
Currently when Commonwealth personnel leave the UK Armed Forces and wish to apply to continue to live in the country they have served for years, they face thousands of pounds of fees to do so.
A Service leaver with a partner and two children will be presented with a bill of almost £10,000 to continue to live in the UK, despite their years of sacrifice and service on behalf of our nation. Exorbitant immigration fees are no way to say thank you for their Service, and risk pushing commonwealth personnel into poverty just for wanting stability as they leave Service.
Without leave to remain, UK Armed Forces veterans are cut off from being able to access employment or state support, leaving them and their families reliant on charitable funds or facing repatriation to their country of origin.
Windrush generation families have been condemned to uncertainty, lost jobs, lost homes and even been forced to leave the country. Now we find that this is going on again and at the same time every year the Government has a target of 1350 people from the Commonwealth to join the armed forces. No-one promised them a home in Britain but they are doctors, nurses, skilled people with children born in Britain who after years could be forced to leave this country.
PLEASE SIGN UP AND SUPPORT THE BRITSH LEGION CAMPAIGN, if someone can die for a country surely they should not have to pay to live in that country.