Despite MP’s submission Home office refuses to listen to chef’s plea

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Saiful Islam’s MP Paul Bristow is taking his case to the House of Commons after receiving a negative response from the Home Office. Saiful Islam, who is facing deportation following his application for extension was refused by the Court of Appeal on 8 October 2020.  On 3 November Paul Bristow MP met with Kevin Foster, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, about Saiful Islam’s case. On 18 Nov, the home office informed the MP, that they will not change their decision. Paul Bristow MP has informed Saiful Islam that he will raise his issue to be debated at the House of Commons.

In 2003, Saiful Islam, aged 27, came to the United Kingdom (UK) with a work permit visa to work as a chef for a Thai restaurant. Prior to coming to the UK, he was working as a chef in Dhaka.  In 2005 he contacted the police and the Home Office to inform that his employer was exploiting him by withholding the bulk of his wages, forcing him to work 18-hour days, and beating him. The Home Office allowed him to move to a different employer but a catalogue of problems followed, resulting in him being threatened with removal from the UK.

As he was approaching his expiry date of work permit, he applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Unfortunately, his application was refused on the grounds of error made by the UK Home Office, which he pointed out to them. The Home Office had inaccurately recorded that Saiful Islam was a registered sex offender and had previously been convicted of both common assault and actual bodily harm. In addition, the Home Office incorrectly recorded that he had entered the UK unlawfully and as a result had been served a curtailment notice in 2005.

Following a long drawn battle, in 2019 the Home Office admitted that they had made serious errors and offered him initially £5000, plus another £1,000 as compensation, which he has refused to accept. As a result of the incorrect information, Saiful Islam was incorrectly refused Indefinite Leave to Remain following his application in 2011, which was upheld in the High Court and Court of Appeal on an incorrect basis because of the inaccurate facts put forward by the Home Office. These factors were also erroneously taken into consideration in the Saiful Islam’s refusal of his application for Leave to Remain in January 2010.

He is currently living in Peterborough where his MP Paul Bristow and a pro bono lawyer, Andy Cave is helping with his case. In the meantime, Saiful Islam bows to continue to fight and hasn’t given up. According to him, he has, with the assistance of a TV journalist in Dhaka, managed to contact Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister seeking intervention. Following that he met with a couple of senior officers from the diplomatic wing at The Bangladesh High Commission on 25 November, who are liaising with the British authority.  On social media, Saiful Islam was seen campaigning outside 10 Downing Street last Tuesday before being moved off by the police.

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