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Sri Lankan asylum claims

Permission has been granted by the Court of Appeal to challenge the outcome of the recent Country Guidance case on Sri Lanka, GJ and Others (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UKUT 00319 (IAC) (previous post: “New Sri Lankan Count ...

19th November 2013 By

Welfare benefits for EEA nationals: Is the refusal of benefit proportionate?

In the recent case of Pensionsversicherungsanstalt v Peter Brey [2013] EUECJ C-140/12 (19 September 2013), the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) ruled that welfare benefit legislation which automatically bars benefit to an EEA nation ...

29th October 2013 By

Update on Home Office appeal against spouse minimum income judgment

I’ve had quite a few queries asking for updates on the spouse minimum income case, MM & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1900 (Admin). The challenge to the rules essentially succeeded in the High Court but the H ...

28th October 2013 By

Al-Jedda, “statelessness” and the meaning of words

The judgment in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Al-Jedda [2013] UKSC 62 was handed down this month.  It is the latest in a series of higher court decisions on the issue of deprivation of citizenship and the first to reach the Supreme Cou ...

25th October 2013 By

Italy and Dublin – the Grand Chamber Decides

As noted in last week’s lengthy missive, the challenges to removals to Greece continued after the decision of the ECtHR in KRS v United Kingdom [2008] ECHR 1781 culminating in the decision that such removals were unlawful in MSS v Belgium and Greece ...

23rd October 2013 By

‘Form not substance’: Deport rules do not change the law

Theresa May spent over a year saying her new immigration rules would weaken Article 8 rights for “foreign criminals” but conceded the point within a day at the Court of Appeal. MF (Nigeria) v SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 1192 makes clear that th ...

22nd October 2013 By

Somalia: safe for returns?

The Upper Tribunal has listed an appeal to be heard in December in which it intends to give further country guidance about returns to Mogadishu.  No doubt the case will address the contention long advanced by the Secretary of State that the situation ...

15th October 2013 By

New immigration tribunal database launched

The MoJ say that for the first time, you can search not only Upper Tribunal ‘reported’ decisions but also ‘unreported’ decisions, which make up 96% of cases. The new website includes all of the ‘reported’ decisions by the tribunal and the ...

4th October 2013 By

Role of the advocate at trial

[UPDATED] In his final judgment in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Judge has given some interesting guidance given on the role of the advocate in a contentious trial. The case is R v Farooqi & Ors [2013] EWCA Crim 1649 and the judgment is tha ...

3rd October 2013 By

Use of Skype at court

Family lawyers and courts are blazing a bit of a trail with use of Skype technology for hearing low cost evidence from abroad. In the recently reported case of Re ML (Use of Skype Technology) [2013] EWHC 2091 (Fam) Mr Justice Peter Jackson reports on ...

18th September 2013 By

Kaur (Entry Clearance – date of application) [2013] UKUT 00381 (IAC)

An application for entry clearance is made on the date on which payment of the relevant fee is made. ...

12th August 2013 By

More hope for separated parents with British children

Zambrano cases for admission to the UK finally seem to be filtering through to the Upper Tribunal. In MA and SM (Zambrano: EU children outside EU) Iran [2013] UKUT 00380 (IAC) there are two linked appeals, both involving a child resident in the UK wit ...

9th August 2013 By

Vasconcelos (risk- rehabilitation) [2013] UKUT 00378 (IAC)

The tribunal isn’t bound by a NOMS risk assessment report when it isn’t high risk. But is bound when it is high risk. Also the tribunal comes down like a tonne of bricks on a claimant’s representative who failed to comply with proced ...

9th August 2013 By

Level playing field for extensions of time

Don’t let this one slip by unnoticed: Wang & Chin (Extension of time for appealing) [2013] UKUT 00343 (IAC) Colin recently alerted readers by way of a short post to the recently promulgated determination in Wang & Chin. If you have not done ...

6th August 2013 By

How not to write a determination

From the very first sentence of ML (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 844, one of the many end of term judgments issued last week, one knows there is going to be trouble: Of all the hackneyed phrases in the law, few ...

25th July 2013 By

Court of Session rules on linguistic analysis

There has been a significant decision in the Inner House of the Court of Session – the Scottish equivalent to the Court of Appeal – on the Home Office’s use of language analysis for the determination of origin, or ‘LADO’. The decisio ...

24th July 2013 By

Supreme Court upholds Points Based System sponsor licensing scheme

The Supreme Court has held the Points Based System’s sponsor licensing scheme is lawful. As Nicola Carter observes, sponsors may be disappointed with the result in R (on the application of New London College Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Hom ...

23rd July 2013 By

The Born Again Legacy ?

Following an oral renewal hearing on permission, our colleague Ripon Akther, instructed by Waleed Hassan of Malik and Malik, and their client were granted permission by His Honour Judge Thornton QC in the Legacy case of R (on the application of Prenga ...

23rd July 2013 By

Khatel overturned

In the case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raju & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 754 the Court of Appeal has overturned the Upper tribunal’s earlier judgment in Khatel and others (s85A; effect of continuing application) [2013] UKUT 44 ...

22nd July 2013 By

Wang and Chin (extension of time for appealing) [2013] UKUT 343 (IAC)

Another short one. Not to be outdone, this time the Deputy President criticises a First Tier judge for extending time for appealing for the Secretary of State on the basis of an untrue and un-evidenced assertion. Guidance is given to judges (and by ex ...

19th July 2013 By

Anoliefo (permission to appeal) [2013] UKUT 345 (IAC)

Another short case. President criticises First Tier judge for granting permission on a technicality. Where there is no reasonable prospect that any error of law alleged in the grounds of appeal could have made a difference to the outcome, permission t ...

19th July 2013 By

Boodhoo (EEA Regs: relevant evidence) [2013] UKUT 00346 (IAC)

In an EEA appeal the tribunal may consider even evidence of a matter arising after the date of decision providing it is relevant to the substance of the decision, in this case evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance which only began after the dat ...

19th July 2013 By

Kaur (Patel fairness: respondent’s policy) [2013] UKUT 344 (IAC)

Short case reiterating that Home Office has to act in accordance with its policies, including that designed to give effect to the earlier Patel case on the situation of students whose college has its sponsor licence suspended or withdrawn. Outgoing Pr ...

19th July 2013 By

Choice of religious upbringing for child not a basis for international protection

In SS (Malaysia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 888 a child’s Christian mother had fled with the child from Malaysia after the father said he was to convert to Islam, fearing that their child would be brought up a M ...

19th July 2013 By

Unfair trial abroad

In the case of Kapri v The Lord Advocate (representing The Government of the Republic of Albania) [2013] UKSC 48 the Supreme Court has given guidance on the application of the ‘flagrant breach’ test for determining whether a court process ...

16th July 2013 By

Sri Lanka Country Guidance seminar report

Last Friday evening Renaissance Chambers’ immigration group hosted a seminar about the new Sri Lanka Country Guidance: GJ and Others (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UKUT 00319 (IAC). I had the pleasure of speaking together with Shiva ...

15th July 2013 By

F (Para 320(8); type of leave) USA

F (Para 320(8); type of leave) USA [2013] UKUT 00309 (IAC) New reported immigration tribunal case on paragraph 320(18) of the immigration rules, one of the discretionary general grounds for refusal. The Entry Clearance Officer had failed to exercise d ...

10th July 2013 By

EK (Article 4 ECHR: Anti-Trafficking Convention) Tanzania

EK (Article 4 ECHR: Anti-Trafficking Convention) Tanzania [2013] UKUT 00313 (IAC) Important case on trafficking. Amongst other things, a failure by the Home Office to take account of its own duties to combat trafficking might render a decision unlawfu ...

10th July 2013 By

Akhtar (CEFR; UKBA Guidance and IELTS)

Akhtar (CEFR; UKBA Guidance and IELTS) [2013] UKUT 00306 (IAC) New reported tribunal decision on the English language requirements. IELTS scores need to be at B1 or higher even if the rules requirement appears to be A1 or higher. ...

9th July 2013 By

Shabani (EEA – jobseekers; nursery education)

Shabani (EEA – jobseekers; nursery education) [2013] UKUT 00315 (IAC) New reported tribunal decision on whether a person who leaves the labour market to look after children retains the status of a worker in EU law (‘no’, apparent ...

9th July 2013 By

New post civil war Sri Lankan Country Guidance

A long awaited and much needed new Country Guidance cases has finally been issued by the Upper Tribunal: GJ and Others (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UKUT 00319 (IAC). One of the three appellants succeeded on refugee grounds – c ...

9th July 2013 By

Unreported immigration tribunal decisions

Unreported immigration tribunal decisions BAILII now seems to host 37,453 unreported determinations of the immigration tribunal, dating back to 2003. May mean we can finally track down the decisions The Telegraph uses in its ongoing campaign to stop h ...

8th July 2013 By

High Court finds minimum income rules disproportionate and unjustified

Almost exactly a year after they were first introduced, Mr Justice Blake sitting in the High Court has in a lengthy, complex and very carefully considered judgment found that the controversial immigration rules requiring a minimum income of at least ...

5th July 2013 By

Permanent residence for bereaved spouse

Permanent residence for bereaved spouse The Court of Appeal has held that a third country national is entitled to permanent residence where she was married to an EU citizen with permanent residence who died after experiencing permanent incapacity to w ...

28th June 2013 By

Win For Children With Discretionary Leave

The Administrative Court declared that a policy which does not give effect to section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 is not lawful. The excellent Amanda Weston of Tooks Chambers for the Claimants and Joanne Rothwell of No 5 Ch ...

18th June 2013 By

Tanveer Ahmed upheld

In the case of MJ (Singh v Belgium : Tanveer Ahmed (unaffected) Afghanistan [2013] UKUT 253 (IAC) the Upper Tribunal found: The conclusions of the European Court of Human Rights in Singh v Belgium (Application No. 33210/2011) neither justify nor requ ...

17th June 2013 By

Dublin II does not apply to separated children

Confirming the earlier Opinion in the same case the Court of Justice of the European Union has today held in MA and Others v UK (Case C‑648/11), in effect, that the Dublin II regulation does not apply to separated children who have claimed asylum ...

6th June 2013 By

Chikwamba delivers again

Last month saw the advent of a very useful decision from the High Court concerning the lack of provision in the Immigration Rules to allow migrants in the Points-Based System to switch whilst in-country into a PBS dependent category: Zhang, R (on the ...

28th May 2013 By

Further judicial warnings on urgent injunction applications

Sir John Thomas has given a further warning to solicitors and barristers acting in urgent injunction applications. The case is R (on the application of Rehman) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1351 (Admin). No names are named ...

23rd May 2013 By

Round up

There are some detailed blog posts to come on some of the more important things that happened in the last fortnight, but for those who missed their beloved Free Movement updates here is a brief round up of developments I’ve spotted looking throu ...

21st May 2013 By

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