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Mrs Chapti Fights Ban On Her Husband Of 37 Years Joining Her In UK Until He Speaks English

by | 27th, July 2011

RASHIDA Chapti lives in Leicester. Rashida and Vali, her husband of 37 years and father to her six children, have launched a judicial review at the High Court to challenge the new immigration rule, which they claim contravenes their rights to a family life, their right to marry and constitutes discrimination.

The new rule requires people to be able to speak English to move to the UK to be with their spouse.

Rashida Chapti is 54. She is a British citizen. Vali Chapti is 57. He is an Indian citizen. He wants to join her in Britain. He does work in a BT call centre. He speaks no English (or so he claims. No disrespect intended, Mrs Chapti, but tell him that you’ve won the Lottery in English and see how he reacts.)

The case is being heard at the High Court in Birmingham. The couple’s brief, Manjit Gill, QC, says the rule contravenes several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: Article 8, the right to family life; Article 12, the right to marry; and Article 14, the right to be free of discrimination.

Says he:

RASHIDA Chapti lives in Leicester. Rashida and Vali, her husband of 37 years and father to her six children have launched a judicial review at the High Court to challenge the new immigration rule, which they claim contravenes their rights to a family life, their right to marry and constitutes discrimination.

The new rule requires people to be able to speak English to move to the UK to be with their spouse.

Rashida Chapti is 54. She is a British citizen. Vali Chapti is 57. He is an Indian citizen. He wants to join her in Britain.

The case is being heard at the High Court in Birmingham. The couple’s brief, Manjit Gill, QC, says the rule contravenes several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: Article 8, the right to family life; Article 12, the right to marry; and Article 14, the right to be free of discrimination.

Says he:

“The rule is designed, putting it crudely, to keep out persons who tend to marry within their communities, who tend to have arranged marriages.”

The news rule states that migrants need to demonstrate they can speak English at the same level required of skilled workers to qualify for a visa.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said in June:

“I believe being able to speak English should be a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to settle here.

“The new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services.”

You can read sample English language tests at English Management Direct. The Times says the tests “involve comprehension questions on property advertisements, correcting sentences such as ‘he playz futboll on fridayz in manchester’, and filling in applications for a job and health club membership”.

Yes, indeed, Mr Chapti – under the new rules you will need to join a gym. You will also, most likely, he required to give up smoking, find the fat revolting, and talk like Wayne Rooney…

Yes, indeed, Mr Chapti – under the new rules you will need to join a gym. You will also, most likely, he required to give up smoking, find the fat revolting, and talk like Wayne Rooney…

 



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