Following a protracted fight to establish her immigration status, the Home Office has finally conceded that a Jamaican woman, who entered the UK in October 1973 as a 14-year-old child, has Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
In Burrell v Secretary of State for the Home Department JR/10654/2017, the applicant Ms Burrell, who was educated in the UK, worked and paid taxes here for many years and has four British born children, lost evidence of her status when her passport was destroyed in a fire several years ago. She was issued with a notice informing her that she was liable to detention and removal. When she contacted the Home Office she was told there were no records of her entry and that she did not have IDR. Following issue of a judicial review, the Home Office has now accepted that Ms Burrell has had ILR since 1973, and agreed to pay her costs on an indemnity basis.
Garden Court's Helen Foot was instructed by Emma Terenius of Wilson Solicitors LLP.