I spoke to Yemeni residents who had been affected by immigration changes. They did not wish to be named.
One woman has two small children, which makes it difficult to study for the tests at this time. She said “I’m worried that if I wait too long, and take the test later, they will make it even harder to get leave to stay.”
A 64 year old man and his wife, travelled to Liverpool and paid £170 each for a four-day intensive course and test for ‘Life in the UK’, with hundreds spent on food and accomodation. His wife was devastated when she did not pass.
It is a tragedy that this is happening to people, and others whose stories we couldn’t include. The Home Office should speak to the people and explain why they are doing this.