Back in October we posted a piece, ‘Cry rape for a UK visa’, about an Englishman who’d been subjected to a false rape allegation by his ex-partner, a foreign women, who was still given a visa to live indefinitely in the UK:
Foreign nationals can apply for visas to live indefinitely in the UK on the basis of merely alleging domestic violence at the hands of their partners. In early October I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request to the Visas & Immigration department of the Home Office:
I am writing with respect to Domestic Violence Settlement Visas. Could you please inform me how many such visas have been applied for, and how many granted, by gender, by year, since they were introduced? And does the award of these visas give applicants the right to permanent residence in the UK?
Government departments are required to respond to FoI requests within 20 working days. Quick as a flash, a female civil servant responded in 62 working days, and I’ve just received these from her:
From the first document:
Those wishing to make an application for leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence are provided for in Appendix FM Section DVILR of the Immigration Rules. These rules provide equally for male or female victims of domestic violence.
Now we shouldn’t be too surprised that women outnumber men in applying for the visas, if only because far more British men are prepared to support foreign women, than British women prepared to support foreign men. The Table of data shows that (over the period 1.1.13 – 30.9.13) 10,170 foreign women applied for visas, and 1,435 foreign men. About 7:1.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Of the 10,170 women who applied for visas, 5,280 were successful – 51.9%. Of the 1,435 men who applied, just 370 were successful – 25.8%. So a woman who applies for the visa is twice as likely as a man to get one. Combining these numbers means that for every man who gets a visa, 14 women get one. Gender equality is a fine thing.
Let’s return to one sentence in the first document:
These rules provide equally for male or female victims of domestic violence.
Once again we have a situation where the guidance for decision-making – whether it’s in primary legislation, guidance to civil servants, rules etc. – is gender-neutral, but implementation is relentlessly pro-female and anti-male. We’re not aware of even one area of state policy which advantages men over women.