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Despite being cleared of offence Saiful Islam’s bid to remain in the UK has been refused

Despite being cleared of offence Saiful Islam’s bid to remain in the UK has been refused

Ansar Ahmed Ullah


Saiful Islam’s application for extension of time to remain in the UK has been refused. He received the decision made by Lady Justice Carr from the Court of Appeal this month. His case goes back to 2003, when aged 27, he came to the United Kingdom (UK) with a work permit visa to work as a chef for a Thai restaurant.

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.

His application Leave to Remain in the UK was refused on the grounds of an 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.

He is currently 44 years of age and is lives in Peterborough. His MP Paul Bristow said he would raise the issue at the House of Commons.

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