02/02/2017, 17:56:15: Nicole: I received this message from a friend of mine today, I am sharing info as may be helpful:

‘I was doing legal training today on immigration, there’s a new Immigration act 2016 that was due to come into force in April but has been delayed for a month or two whilst the regulations supporting the act is amended. Nobody is safe. the home office is actively deporting people from the commonwealth whose been here since the 1950’s before the public have a real understanding of the implications of this new act. If you know people who haven’t regulated their status in the country irrespective of how long they’ve been in the UK I urge them to do so now. Or if they have an British passport which has expired urge them to renew it asap. Many black people have not travelled for years if at all since they orignally arrived & didn’t renew their passport. Many of them will now have problems as Home Office won’t have them on their system & therefore won’t recognise them. Due to poor record keeping system in their originating countries the older generation will be unlikely to duplicate copy of their original documents.

There’s a lot of people brought over from carribean as children & went to school here etc…irrespective of how long they’ve been here if they haven’t regulated their status under residency rules if they continue to hold nationality status of another country they also will be at risk. People need to take action now before article 50 for Brexit commence. And those who have taken out citizenship & was given permanent residence, if they comit a serious offence they will be deported & citizenship withdrawn.

From April those who overstayed their visa & found working will now be charged with a criminal offence & before any landlord can rent a property they have to carry out immigration checks to make sure the person has legal status in the country. The decision about whether they will have a legal duty to report someone if they found they don’t have legal status is still pending.
There’s a rocky road ahead, people should not assume Brexit is primarily relevant to Europe, there are serious implications for people in the uk from both commonwealth & non-commonwealth countries’