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Can the UK suspend free movement?

In an interview with The Telegraph this weekend Home Secretary Theresa May appeared, at least to those wearing magic-rabidly-Eurosceptic-wishful-thinking-specs, to suggest that the UK Government was contemplating suspending free movement rights for s ...

27th May 2012 By

Crime and Courts Bill

As has been widely reported in the mainstream media, the Government proposes to scrap family visitor appeal rights. Again. The change is intended to come into full effect in 2014 but as early as July 2012 the definition of ‘family’ will be ...

16th May 2012 By

UKBA crushes people smuggler

Sometimes you just can’t make it up. The UK Border Agency has posted a video on YouTube of it crushing a van used by people smugglers. http://youtu.be/CUBlN9YEbWI As I understand it, the nine Kuwaiti migrants were removed first. So were the peop ...

15th May 2012 By

How To Solve Heathrow Queues In Time To Save The Olympics

I have a new and cunning plan to solve the queues at Heathrow, save the Olympics and, as an added bonus, revitalise rock bottom morale at the UK Border Agency, which is by all accounts now falling apart at the seams of its soon-to-be-replaced uniform ...

1st May 2012 By

European Commission warns UK

The European Commission has today given the United Kingdom two months to comply with European Union rules on the free movement of EU citizens and their families across the EU or face an EU court case. You can read the press release yourself here. The ...

26th April 2012 By

Obtaining IAS files

The sudden collapse of the Immigration Advisory Service shocked the sector and left many clients without any way of obtaining their paperwork from their former lawyers. Following legal action by the Immigration Law Practitioners Association it will no ...

28th February 2012 By

Appointments to Panel

This blog congratulates Zane Malik of 12 Old Square, who was this week appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of ‘junior juniors’. Zane has made a huge impact on immigration law in the last couple of years and it has become inc ...

23rd February 2012 By

Landing in Dover report on reception of children

Today’s report by the Children’s Commissioner, Landing in Dover, exposes gross double standards by UK Border Agency officials. The report reveals the existence of a so called ‘gentleman’s agreement’ operating at the south ...

17th January 2012 By

Migration Watch: Recovery in Woodlark population “may” be cause of youth unemployment

There was some coverage in the right wing press yesterday about a new Migration Watch ‘report‘ purportedly linking Eastern European immigration with youth unemployment. Migration Watch statistical analysis has been covered here before. Eve ...

10th January 2012 By

Entry clearance decision making: a global review

The Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, John Vine, has published a global review of entry clearance decision making. The findings are strongly critical in important respects. The sample size was nearly 1,500 case files from every entry clearance ...

20th December 2011 By

Gone Fishin’

My attention was drawn to this article in The Observer of 6 November 2011. It seems that UKBA enforcement officers in Liverpool have been off on their fishing trips at, amongst other places, the local bus and train stations, which to the best of my kn ...

10th November 2011 By

Yet another major immigration speech

Prime Minister David Cameron has made yet another keynote speech on immigration. He seems hell bent on setting back race relations in this country by forty years. Encouraging members of the public to rat on suspected illegal immigrant neighbours or wo ...

10th October 2011 By

Maya The Cat

I have so far refrained from any mention of cats, although I came THIS close to asking in examination in chief yesterday whether my clients owned a cat… You can read the disputed determination for yourself here, courtesy of The New Statesman. Yo ...

7th October 2011 By

Family migration proposals

Damian Green’s speech on immigration on 15 September 2011 revealed various proposals which seem likely to become law. These build and elucidate on previous proposals, previously covered here on the blog. The tone of the speech and the proposals ...

29th September 2011 By

The UK Border Agency: de-moralised

In his speech on Monday addressing the long term causes behind the recent looting, David Cameron blamed the State. The communities that erupted need less help, not more, it would seem. In some classic post-Blair, verb-free rhetoric, Cameron recited so ...

17th August 2011 By

UKBA to Libyans: PLEASE don’t claim asylum

The UK Border Agency can be very generous and understanding when it wants to be. For some reason, Libyans currently in the UK whose visas are running out are being told that they don’t need to meet the rules required for an extension, they don&# ...

22nd July 2011 By

Ministerial statement on IAS

The minister with responsibility for legal aid, Jonathan Djanogly MP, has made a statement (reproduced below) on the Immigration Advisory Service going into administration. Once again, the emphasis is on transfer of files to new providers rather than ...

13th July 2011 By

Some IAS offices viable?

Some or all of the staff at the IAS Bristol office have put together a press release and made a bid for independence. The text is reproduced below. This follows from a mysterious comment signed off only as ‘IAS’ left on the original Law S ...

12th July 2011 By

IAS website finally updated

Following the terrible news about the Immigration Advisory Service going into administration, their website has finally been updated with information for clients. The full text is reproduced below in case it changes or is taken down (complete with th ...

11th July 2011 By

Immigration Advisory Service in administration

Rumours have been circulating over the weekend but the Legal Services Commission has now confirmed [UPDATES: see also BBC news story, Law Society Gazette story and comments and follow-up, Guardian story and subsequent FM post] that IAS, the larg ...

11th July 2011 By

A breath of Lush Air

Am slightly behind the drag curve but I could not let pass that the chain of stores Lush Cosmetics has teamed up with the No One is Illegal Campaign.  You may already be familiar with the stores:  hand-made soapy and bubbly stuff that smells (in my ...

1st July 2011 By

14 year rule for the chop?

It looks like the 14 year rule may be for the chop. See this question and answer from Prime Ministers Questions yesterday: Mr Hollobone: … Under rules introduced in 2003, illegal migrants who manage to avoid the authorities for 14 years can app ...

19th May 2011 By

Section 19 rumours

On Tuesday I speculated on whether section 19 of the UK Borders Act 2007 might be brought into force. This was entirely speculative at the time, but today I’ve heard rumours that this is indeed what is going to happen, and soon. However, I can f ...

12th May 2011 By

Family visit and PBS appeals to be scrapped

It looks like family visit appeals may be axed. Again. Those who have been doing this a while will no doubt be afflicted by a terrible sense of deja vu at this point, as this is not the first time this has happened. The news seems to have broken via T ...

10th May 2011 By

Certificates of Approval abolished

Finally one piece of good news to share: the Certificate of Approval (COA) scheme has been abolished and will no  longer be in place from 9th May 2011.  This was announced on the UKBA website on 7th April 2011 and is very welcome indeed.  Of course ...

26th April 2011 By

Cameron’s speech: what’s next?

The full text of the speech (yet to be delivered at the time of writing, which seems rather odd) is available on The Guardian website and elsewhere. I want to concentrate on what future changes are being signalled in the speech. Before getting started ...

14th April 2011 By

Poppy Project to close, funding going to missionaries instead

In a clear signal of a return to Victorian values of the undeserving poor and salvation through faith, the Home Office is terminating its funding for the fabulous Poppy Project for trafficked women and instead awarding a contract to the Salvation Army ...

12th April 2011 By

Legacy exercise outcomes revealed

[UPDATE 31/3/11: see Comments below for further information and updates] This interesting snippet of information recently came my way and I thought it was worth sharing. A Freedom of Information request recently revealed outcomes to the Legacy backlog ...

30th March 2011 By

Critical reports published on Amman and Istanbul

The Chief Inspector of UKBA has today published critical reports of the entry clearance operations at Amman in Jordan and Istanbul in Turkey. Click here for press release, here for the report on Amman and here for the report on Istanbul. In Amman, 55% ...

17th March 2011 By

Buy your way in

The Government has announced a new ‘red carpet’ approach to immigration for the super rich: From April 6, investors who come to the UK and invest £5m will be allowed to settle here after three years and those that invest £10m or more wil ...

16th March 2011 By

Fresh claim judicial reviews transferred to Upper Tribunal

The date has finally been announced for transfer of fresh claim judicial reviews into the Upper Tribunal: 1 October 2011. This has been coming for some time and seems to have been held up by some confusion over the effect of BA (Nigeria). Section 53 o ...

4th March 2011 By

Libyans in the UK: update

The advice page on the UK Border Agency website for Libyans in the UK has been updated so that is now a bit more acceptable. It previously advised Libyans whose visas were reaching an end to leave the UK ‘as soon as possible’. See previous ...

1st March 2011 By

Libyans in the UK: ‘piss off’

[UPDATE: see more recent post] Remarkable: “The UK Border Agency is aware that the visas of some Libyans may expire before they are able to leave the UK, due to the current situation in Libya. Travellers transiting through Libya to other countri ...

25th February 2011 By

Entry clearance discrimination authorised

  Immigration Minister Damian Green has authorised discrimination by visa officers on the basis of nationality. This follows on from a finding last year by John Vine, Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, that visa officers were discriminating ...

18th February 2011 By

Discrimination in Pakistan entry clearance cases

In his report late last year on the entry clearance operation based in Abu Dhabi, the ‘hub’ for processing claims from Pakistan and several Gulf states, the Chief Inspector of UKBA, John Vine, made a stark finding of racial discrimination by Entry ...

24th January 2011 By

MoJ Proposals for legal aid cuts

With New Year Celebrations follow the dreaded New Year Resolutions, well for most of us anyway… And so this year, it is my task today to remind and urge as many of you as possible to respond within the consultation to the Green Paper proposing d ...

12th January 2011 By

Home Office waste

I thought I’d start putting together a list of the myriad ways in which the Home Office wastes money (mainly public funds, also private sometimes) in the small world of immigration. It makes my blood boil that legal aid is being brutally slashe ...

20th December 2010 By

David Burgess

I have struggled to write anything that would do justice to the late David Burgess, who died a few weeks ago. I cannot let his death pass without acknowledgement on this website, though. He died under an underground train and murder charges have been ...

15th December 2010 By

Doctors Ditched by Home Office

A doctor ‘is no longer considered an acceptable professional person’ by the Home Office. The quotation is taken directly from an email from a policy adviser in the UKBA Nationality Group. Doctors were quietly dropped from mention in the applicatio ...

10th December 2010 By

Goodbye Woolas

It is a shame to come back on a sour note, but it is difficult not to be cheerful about the ruin of Phil Woolas, ex Immigration Minister. He has been stripped of his constituency, barred from standing for public office for three years and has earned h ...

5th December 2010 By

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