Zane has suggested on Twitter he is appealing but this looks pretty authoritative, at least in cases that were decided before the Supreme Court decision in Alvi. Note that the claimant in this case, Syed, had to argue that non binding ‘policy guidance’ changed the meaning of the quasi-statutory immigration rules. For cases after July 2012, if there are any, the legal arguments are a little different.
The trend is continuing with the fairly recent Upper Tribunal decision of Basnet (validity of application - respondent)  UKUT 00113 (IAC). This concerns applications rejected as invalid specifically due to a ... Read more
I recently acted in an appeal concerning a Tier 4 Student application in which the sole reason for refusal concerned the appellant’s English language ability. Since April 2011 all degree–level students have been ... Read more
The latest case on fairness and the Secretary of State’s duty within the Points-Based System was published earlier last month. Naved (Student – fairness – notice of points)  UKUT 14(IAC) concerned a ... Read more
A plethora of immigration tweaks were announced yesterday, mainly of a technical nature. There is still no sign of the introduction of a minimum income level nor the ending of Tier 2 settlement applications. It is ... Read more
In parallel announcements the UK Border Agency has said that language requirements for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the Points Based System (highly skilled, skilled and students) are being tightened up slightly. The ... Read more