22 May 2009
Ghurkas can start emigrating to the UK
Ghurkas can now start emigrating to the UK after successful lobbying to the government secured rights for all Ghurka veterans.
Lead by British actress Joanna Lumley, the lobbying has resulted in the right for emigrating to the UK for all Ghurkas who have served in the British military. The Ghurkas have served Britain for nearly two centuries, and until now could only emigrate to the UK if they retired after 1 July 1997.
While the government has said that families can join the Ghurkas to settle in Britain, the children are restricted to being under 18 years of age, which is causing concern for the older veterans who typically live with their children in Nepalese society, even at old age.
Gurkhas still have to fight for pension rights and UK visa rights for the children of veterans, but as it stands they will be able to start emigrating to the UK and settling in Britain permanently.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.