An investigation into UK border control has found that 16,000 migrants are currently waiting to hear whether they can stay in Britain.
- 2,100 cases were yet to receive an initial decision as to whether they could stay in the UK or not, some dating back to 2003
- 180 of these applicants wanted to stay for marriage or civil partnership reasons
- The UK Border Agency is failing to check whether applicants earn enough to live without state handouts
- Staff are not consistently applying the "income support threshold" rule to applicants who want to stay in the UK due to marriage
- The percentage of allowed marriage appeals in total was too high at over 50 per cent April 2011 and February 2012
- Problems with the agency failing to take into account the rights of children when refusing further leave in the UK were also discovered
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