Ok, I found an excellent link for you which lays out the various
options depending on your friend's circumstances but it is imperative
that she contact the IAS for advice before doing anything.
Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)
"The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) is the UK?s largest charity
providing representation and advice in immigration and asylum law.
These services are free to people who are eligible ...We are
independent from the Government. Our asylum and immigration advice is
"Unsure about which office is nearest to you? Then click here for a
list recommending an IAS office or surgery for every postal town in
Wales, Scotland and England - or search by your postcode."
For answers to your following three questions, please click on the
link which follows.
1. What happens if he/she leaves the country and tries to get a tourist
visa to return?
3. Could she get employed legally and hat are the step-by-step ways to do so?
4. What are the exact ways he /she can legalise his/her status and
accept lawful employment?
Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)
"If you are in the UK without a visa, or if your visa has expired, you
are an overstayer, and you are in violation of UK law. There are three
types of overstayers:
* You intended to overstay at the time you entered the UK;
* You intended to observe the terms of your visa, but overstayed due
to a judgement (or similar) error;
* You intended to observe the terms of your visa, but were prevented
from leaving by circumstances beyond your control;
As of October 2002, overstayers are no longer deported, but rather
given Administrative Removal. Most commonly it means that you are
given a letter explaining that you are required to leave the UK by a
certain date. There are no restrictions on Administrative Removal (as
there are in deportation), and you can apply for re-entry to the UK as
soon as you reach your destination country. Your chances of success
will depend upon which of the above categories you fall in to, and how
you handled your overstay with the authorities (i.e., your
credibility). If you overstay beyond the time given in an
Administrative Removal, you will be in *trouble*.
Below are a series of steps you can use to see your various
alternatives and possibilities.
[see website for steps]
The IAS is confidential and has a 24 hour helpline at 020 7378 9191.
2. There was discussion of an amnesty for illegal aliens here at least
last year. Is there such a program?
No, not yet. The discussion continues.
BBC Migrant amnesty 'not ruled out'
Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2006
"Could an amnesty replace efforts to remove illegal migrants?
The prospect of an amnesty for illegal immigrants has been raised by
the new minister in charge of immigration."
BBC What next for illegal migrants?
Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005
"There has been no indication from any minister that the UK will
entertain the idea of an amnesty. But was the release of yesterday's
figure an act of open government, a tactic in the identity card debate
- or the first move towards what could be a very explosive public
debate on amnesties?"
I was very glad to find the IAS link for you as there is alot of
misinformation floating around on the internet. Beyond a doubt, your
friend should contact them as soon as possible to begin getting her
situation sorted out. If you have any questions, please post a
clarification request and wait for me to respond before closing/rating
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