Rule change will let Gurkhas settle in Britain

#1
These are immigrants that i would gladly welcome to my country!

Hundreds of retired Gurkhas are preparing to emigrate from Nepal to Britain following a change in rules for issuing visas to the old soldiers.

Twenty-nine applications were lodged with the British embassy in Kathmandu yesterday, after the change became apparent. Major Tikendra Dewan, of the British Gurkha Welfare Society, will file a similar number of applications every day for a week.


Purna Gurung, 53, who hopes to work as a security guard or a driver, said: "Because of the crisis in Nepal everyone would like to go to the UK -it's civilised. Here it's dangerous to go out."

The visa change addresses an anomaly that had infuriated veterans' groups. Official policy said only Gurkhas who retired after 1997 were allowed to settle in Britain while older veterans were excluded. But the Home Office routinely granted older Gurkhas leave to remain while the Kathmandu embassy refused to let them even travel to the UK in case they stayed.
[c]telegraph.co.uk
 
#2
Agent_Smith said:
These are immigrants that i would gladly welcome to my country!

Hundreds of retired Gurkhas are preparing to emigrate from Nepal to Britain following a change in rules for issuing visas to the old soldiers.

Twenty-nine applications were lodged with the British embassy in Kathmandu yesterday, after the change became apparent. Major Tikendra Dewan, of the British Gurkha Welfare Society, will file a similar number of applications every day for a week.


Purna Gurung, 53, who hopes to work as a security guard or a driver, said: "Because of the crisis in Nepal everyone would like to go to the UK -it's civilised. Here it's dangerous to go out."

The visa change addresses an anomaly that had infuriated veterans' groups. Official policy said only Gurkhas who retired after 1997 were allowed to settle in Britain while older veterans were excluded. But the Home Office routinely granted older Gurkhas leave to remain while the Kathmandu embassy refused to let them even travel to the UK in case they stayed.
[c]telegraph.co.uk
This should have been granted long ago, anyone serving in our armed forces should have the right to settle and live here, they've put more on the line for this country than many others (myself included)
 
#4
If more and more ex-Gurkhas decide to stay in Britain it will hopefully allow them to finally get paid at the same rate as a British soldier. The Gurkhas have done a lot for this country and they deserve equal pay and a decent pension.
 
#7
About time, I'd rather ex British soldiers and their family's, got visas than the bloody polish and other east europeans.

Mind you some of the chicks are ok :wink:
 
#8
Wha_Dar said:
Agree totally, these guys deserve it.

Now send the chavs to Nepal.
Quality, if you stand as a n MP i'll vote for you if that's one of your policies.

But do you think that they are going to be willing to take our off casts in return for their quality blokes, and anyway how would the chavs get their lowered Nova's up the mountains??

Sparky
 
#9
About time they got some good treatment, i would gladly live in a street where all my neighbours were ex-gurkhas. You wouldn't get any shit off the local yobbo's and the curries would be fantastic.

Hope we see loads of them arriving -they deserve it.
 
#12
Thoroughly deserved, about time.

I'll never be grateful enough for what the Gurkha Engineers did to our portakabin in FI.

Turned it from a shitehole into a shitehole with a porch.

Classy and a good job well done.
 
#13
At last..... Hope a few make thier way to Ashford as my firm will be needing a few LGV drivers next year for a new contract. I,ll let my boss know about that. As wha_Dar said earlier , all we have to do now is find a way to kick out the chav scum polluting our streets & welfare system.

LT
 
#17
I never was one of the 'Stary Eyed' fans of Jonny Gurkha, however if any group of Men deserve the Right to Settle in UK they have put the time in and must be allowed to make a living in UK.
john
 

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