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'I am an immigrant' posters celebrate migrants in run up to General Election

16 faces of immigrants and their contributions to British society have been placed in 950 tube and rail stations across the country.

The crowdfunded 'I am an immigrant' poster campaign was launched by Movement against Xenophobia, part of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. The campaign raised over £54,000 in around three weeks to put up the posters across the UK. 

Migrants themselves can visit the website and put their face on the campaign by visiting the 'I am an Immigrant' website or using the hashtag #IAmAnImmigrant

Have you spotted some of the posters on the tube? Let us know! 

Here are some of the posters:

I am an immigrant campaign poster

I am an immigrant campaign poster

Passport exit checks being phased in at ports and border crossings

Immigration Control

Passport exit checks are now being phased in at ports and border crossings in an attempt to collect data on passengers leaving the UK and combat illegal immigration. The government claimed that the initiative will cause the 'least possible disruption' though minor disruptions to commercial air, sea and rail routes are expected. 

For the first month of the scheme, all passports will be scanned but only 25% will have their details checked in an attempt to minimise queuing. After a month, this will increase to 50% and by the middle of June 100% verification will take place. The Eurotunnel  which operates the Channel Tunnel, are moving to 100% checks straight away, so delays are expected. 

Jeremy Vine, former independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration stated that the move would give "an idea of who has left Britain. because up until recently it's not been possible for the government to know whose overstayed their visa and whose remained in the country." 

Find out more about Passport Exit Checks at Migreat

Health Surcharge introduced in the UK for migrants

Medical Billing Statement

Nationals from outside Europe (Non EEA Nationals) in the UK for longer than six months will be required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ to gain access to the National Health Service (NHS).

The health surcharge is £200 per year and £150 per year for students and is paid at the time that individuals submit their online visa application. The amount payable will cover the entire period of permission to stay. For example, a person coming to the UK as a sponsored skilled migrant or renewing their work visa for three years, will be required to pay the charge in full for the three year period at the point of application for their visa. That applicant would therefore pay £600 on top of the visa application costs.

If your visa has been rejected or you have withdrawn your visa application, you are entitled to recover these additional health services fees.

Find out more about the Health Surcharge and how it affects you on Migreat

Voting Rights for Migrants in the UK

If you are a Commonwealth Citizen, then you are eligible to vote in the UK elections.

To vote in the UK General Election you must be registered to vote and:

aged 18 or over on polling day

a British citizen,

Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic

not legally excluded from voting

It takes two minutes to register to vote online. You can register to vote here.

polling station sign general election uk


New Biometric Resident Permits (BRPs) for non-EEA visa applicants

Silhouette of luggage and people walking in airport

The Home Office is issuing new Biometric Resident Permits (BRPs) for non-EEA visa applicants applying for UK visas.