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Veteran Wins Landmark Appeal Against Citizenship Decision

A veteran once threatened with deportation and a prison sentence for enlisting in the British Army today won his judicial review against the Home Secretary’s decision. Mr. Poloko Hiri, a national of Botswana described by senior military figures as an “intelligent, motivated and hard-working soldier” with an “exemplary record of…

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Residency qualification for Commonwealth recruits

The announcement  that a 5-year residency qualification has been introduced for soldiers from Commonwealth countries wanting to join Britain’s Armed Forces has been greeted  with shock by Veterans Aid. CEO Hugh Milroy said, “We understand  that MoD is reducing the size of the Army but this targeted identification of  Commonwealth…

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Foreign Soldiers Who Risked Lives For Britain Win Battle To Stay – Telegraph

A report by Andrew Gilligan  in todays’ Sunday Telegraph updates readers on the fight to allow Foreign and Commonwealth soldiers to stay in Britain and includes a quote from Veterans Aid CEO, Dr Hugh Milroy. Hundreds of foreign and Commonwealth soldiers who risked their lives for Britain have had a…

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Dramatic U Turn – Isimeli ‘Bale’ Baleiwai And Other Soldiers Can Stay In UK

In a “last minute” U-turn, the UK Border Agency (UKVA) today announced that  Fijian-born solider Isimeli ‘Bale’  Baleiwai  and other foreign and Commonwealth soldiers who risked their lives for Britain yet  were threatened with deportation, can now stay in the UK. UK Veterans charity Veterans Aid, who were at the…

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Does UKBA not know its own rules?

Further to yesterday’s post, VA staff have now been made aware of an instruction to UKBA staff advising them that F&C military personnel are NOT to be disadvantaged by service overseas. It’s dated 13 October 2010 and was published more than two years before the recent confirmation to VA operational…

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F&C soldiers face overseas postings dilemma

Foreign and Commonwealth soldiers are facing a unique overseas postings dilemma. Last year VA fought a long, hard, public battle to change the rules regarding leave to remain. Despite good words, and indeed some positive actions, we see the situation worsening on a daily basis. Yesterday VA’s operational staff received…

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F&C veterans – job done?

‘There’s a view ‘out there’  that because Fijian veteran Isimeli ‘Bale’ Baleiwai has  been given permission to stay in the UK, all is well for Foreign and Commonwealth veterans. Notwithstanding ‘Bale’s decision to send back his medals in disgust – which generated a flurry of renewed media interest – the…

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CEO Hugh Milroy Briefs Fiji Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Fiji , Commodore Josaia Voreqe ( Frank) Bainimarama, CF, MSD, OStJ, welcomed Veterans Aid CEO Dr. Hugh Milroy and Glyn Strong at the Fijian High Commission in London this week. Dr Milroy briefed Prime Minister Bainimarama on the charity’s efforts to highlight the plight of Foreign…

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COBSEO On Deportation U-Turn

cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, reported on the U-turn by the UK Border Agency on deporting Commonwealth and foreign soldiers. On Wednesday 21st November 2012,    The UK Border Agency announced plans to change the rules to allow Foreign and Commonwealth soldiers who risked their lives for Britain to…

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CEO of Veterans Aid in Radio Australia Interview

Dr Hugh Milroy, CEO of Veterans Aid, was interviewed yesterday on ABC Australia Radio, after the u-turn on deporting foreign and Commonwealth soldiers from the UK. As they reported, one man, Fijian lance corporal Bale Balewai, was told he would have to leave Britain because of a disciplinary infraction, despite…

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