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Lib Dems urge White House to investigate Rishi Sunak holding US visa

Rishi Sunak could get an investigation into whether he violated U.S. immigration laws while serving as federal chancellor after green card rules ‘prohibit U.S. citizens from voting or standing in foreign elections’, the Liberals The Democrats have claimed.

Mr Sunak, who has received a backlash over revelations of his wife Akshata Murty’s non-judgmental status, is facing questions about his decision to keep his US green card until October last year – more than 18 months after he became Chancellor.

The decision meant he had to file U.S. tax returns and was classified as a “permanent resident” of the U.S., where he worked for a decade before entering politics.

Mr Sunak and his wife Mrs Murty have a £ 5 million flat in Santa Monica, Californiawhich they visit regularly.

However, in a new blow to the Chancellor’s political opponents, the White House was challenged over the weekend over how he could maintain a status that is not available to people ‘in the service of a foreign government’. .

Layla Moran, spokeswoman for the Lib Dems for Foreign Affairs, wrote to US officials, asking them to investigate why Mr Sunak held the card “despite holding an elected office in the United Kingdom and serving as Chancellor of the Finances since February 2020 “.

She added: “This seems to be in violation of U.S. State Department rules.”

It has now been revealed that Ms Moran has encouraged the White House to launch an investigation into Mr Sunak who is breaking US immigration laws by serving as a British Chancellor while holding a Green Card, according to The Telegraph.

Rishi Sunak (pictured) could investigate whether he violated U.S. immigration laws after green card rules “prohibit U.S. citizens from voting or standing in foreign elections”, the Liberal Democrats have claimed

Layla Moran (pictured), the spokeswoman for the Lib Dems 'foreign affairs, wrote to US officials, asking them to investigate why Mr Sunak held the card' despite holding an elected office in the United Kingdom and served as Chancellor of Finance since February 2020

Layla Moran (pictured), the spokeswoman for the Lib Dems ‘foreign affairs, wrote to US officials, asking them to investigate why Mr Sunak held the card’ despite holding an elected office in the United Kingdom and served as Chancellor of Finance since February 2020

She wrote to Alejandro Mayorkas, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, and made it clear that the Chancellor and his wife ‘continue to file tax returns in the United States while apparently violating these rules.’

Ms Moran said the case was of ‘significant public interest’ because US State Department documents say ‘running for political office in a foreign country’ and ‘voting in foreign elections” is evidence that it abandoned is of [US] stay ‘.

In the letter, also addressed to Charles Rettig, the U.S. Secretary of State for Internal Revenue, she wrote: foreign country and in the service of a foreign government indicating abandonment of residence in the United States. ‘

Ms. Moran asked U.S. officials “what sanctions could be applied” if Mr Sunak was found to have “violated the letter or spirit” of any of the U.S. visa laws.

Akshata Murthy, whose father is one of India's richest men, was investigated after it was revealed that she maintained non-stupid status, despite living at 11 Downing Street with Rishi Sunak and her children. They were pictured together last month

Akshata Murthy, whose father is one of India’s richest men, was investigated after it was revealed that she maintained non-stupid status, despite living at 11 Downing Street with Rishi Sunak and her children. They were pictured together last month

Rishi Sunak's political opponents called on the White House yesterday to investigate why the chancellor had an American green card until October last year

Rishi Sunak’s political opponents called on the White House yesterday to investigate why the chancellor had an American green card until October last year

Tax experts say personal loans to Akshata Murty's venture capital firm Catamaran Ventures UK fall into a 'gray area' of the rules

Tax experts say personal loans to Akshata Murty’s venture capital firm Catamaran Ventures UK fall into a ‘gray area’ of the rules

A Treasury spokesman said Mr Sunak had explained his green card arrangement to the Cabinet Office in 2018, when he became minister.

He resigned in October last year after seeking guidance for his first trip to the United States in a government capacity.

It means he paid taxes to the US government at the same time as he was negotiating with Washington on minimum international tax rates for US-based internet giants including Google and Facebook.

A spokesman for the Federal Chancellor said: ‘As required by United States law and as advised, he continued to use his green card for travel purposes.

On his first trip to the US in a government function as Chancellor, he discussed the appropriate course of action with the US authorities.

‘At that moment, it was considered best to return his green card, which he did immediately.

‘All laws and regulations were followed and full taxes were paid where necessary at the time he had his green card.’

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