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Latest immigration statistics published: EU exodus confirmed
The latest quarterly immigration statistics have been published. The headline is that net migration for the year ending March 2017 has reduced by almost a quarter, to 246,000 down from 327,000 in the year ending March 2016. The overall figure represen ...25th August 2017
Secretary of State criticised by Court of Appeal for “confused” and “messy” legal analysis in deportation case
The Home Office has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for its “confused” and “messy” legal analysis in the matter of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Mosira  EWCA Civ 407. The Secretary of State sought to apply refugee c ...26th June 2017
What will happen to immigration policy and law following the 2017 General Election?
It is the Queen’s Speech today. This sets out the legislative agenda for the coming Parliament in 2017 and 2018. But no party managed to win an overall majority in the General Election. We have what the political pundits and historians call a Hu ...21st June 2017
What does the Democratic Unionist Party think about immigration?
Picking through various manifestos and public statements of the Democratic Unionist Party and its leading members reveals a few clues about the stance of the party on immigration issues. This may prove critical in the lifetime of the coming Government ...13th June 2017
Immigration law and policy after the election: unfortunately, the Conservative manifesto tells us what is coming
Some people are posting up comparisons of different immigration policies of different parties. I cannot see the point. The result of the next General Election is a foregone conclusion and has been since Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of the Labou ...18th May 2017
New Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1078
Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1078 was laid yesterday, 16 March 2017. It weighs in at 269 pages. Despite that, there was no space for any implementation of the MM judgment. The main headline changes are: Period of overstay before 12 mon ...17th March 2017
General grounds for refusal: contriving to frustrate the intention of the rules
Sometimes a migrant here in the UK unlawfully will want to apply for immigration status. Lawyers and the Home Office often call this “regularising” their status, because the person becomes a “regular” migrant within the rules ...14th March 2017
General grounds for refusal: owing a debt to the NHS
On 6 February 2017, the government announced that new regulations will come into force in April 2017, requiring all hospitals to check whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment and, if not, to charge them upfront for non-urgent, planned car ...28th February 2017
The astonishing breadth of Trump’s Muslim ban is truly breathtaking
Take Trump seriously but not literally, said Peter Thiel, Paypal founder, Gawker litigation financier and prominent Trump supporter. Well, it turns out that Trump meant what he said. Literally. Muslims will be banned, literally. The wall will be built ...29th January 2017
Following Early Christmas referendum PM insists “Christmas means Christmas!”
Following the narrow “yes” vote in the Early Christmas Referendum, Theresa May announced today that the United Kingdom will unilaterally change the date of Christmas in 2017. The Prime Minister stated in a speech at Santa’s Grotto ...24th December 2016
Tribunal makes order requiring dental age assessment of young asylum seeker
In a new case on dental age assessments, the tribunal has ordered that a young asylum seeker to undergo a dental x-ray and age assessment. If he refuses, his court case will be struck out. The case also gives general guidance on the correct approach t ...20th December 2016
Latest immigration statistics published
The latest quarterly immigration statistics show that immigration to the UK for the year ended June 2016 was 650,000, the highest level ever recorded. Net migration stood at 335,000, just below the previous high of 2015. An estimated 49,000 more ...2nd December 2016
Immigration barrister Tariq Rehman of Kings Court Chambers disbarred
The Bar Standards Board has taken the decision to disbar Tariq Rehman of Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham. You can Google them if you want but I am not linking to them. Mr Rehman is understood to have been involved with other immigration firms in th ...28th November 2016
Free Movement major redesign coming soon: sneak preview
There is a major redesign coming soon to Free Movement. You can take a sneak peak at the new design here. It is not finished yet but we are getting close. There are also changes coming to pricing, membership structure and the way the website works to ...23rd November 2016
Garden Court Chambers only top ranked London set for immigration law
The Chambers and Partners listings for 2017 were released last week and Garden Court Chambers has retained its position as the only top ranked London set of chambers for immigration law. The write up is very flattering: The foremost set leading the w ...8th November 2016
Government loses Article 50 court case. What might it mean for Brexit?
The Government has today lost a major case in the High Court on the issue of whether a Parliamentary vote is required before the Government issues notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to the EU that the UK is ...3rd November 2016
Liberalism is failing. It does not have to.
On 16 June 2016, during a referendum campaign dominated by the issue of whether there are too many foreigners in the UK, Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times outside a surgery in her constituency. She later died from her in ...5th October 2016
What does Brexit Minister David Davis think about free movement?
Conveniently, David Davis MP, our new Minister for Brexit, made a detailed speech and wrote a detailed article on the subject of free movement and negotiations with the EU. From these we can see quite quickly that he does not like free movement. Of p ...13th July 2016
Latest on legal challenge to detained asylum cases
Very useful update from my colleague Shu Shin Luh: R (Hossain and Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1331 (Admin) Mr Justice Cranston this week handed down judgment in Hossain & others v SSHD, the test case (with four r ...10th June 2016
Chief Inspector highly critical of Home Office internal review process
The Immigration Act 2014 removed rights of appeal to an independent judge against refusal of many immigration decisions, replacing appeals with a system of internal review within the Home Office. It is called Administrative Review. The Chief Inspecto ...26th May 2016