All Articles: Immigration news

My Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling

“Have you news of my boy Jack?” Not this tide. “When d’you think that he’ll come back?” Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Has any one else had word of him?” Not this tide. For what is sunk will ...

11th November 2017 By

In case you missed it: the week in immigration news

Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum. There has been renewed excitement about the notion of associate EU citizenship for UK nationals after David Davis said that he would “look seriously” at ...

6th November 2017 By

In case you missed it: the week in immigration news

Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum. The Home Office has begun telling EU citizens to get out, writing to a man in immigration detention to suggest “you could avoid becoming destitute by returni ...

30th October 2017 By

In case you missed it: the week in immigration news

Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum. Last week saw a flurry of Brexit business. Theresa May wrote an open letter to EU citizens living in the UK in a less than convincing attempt to reassure (Huffingto ...

23rd October 2017 By

In case you missed it: the week in immigration news

Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum. The fallout from now-notorious Home Office deportation letters, sent in error to EU citizens over the summer, continued last week as the government agreed t ...

16th October 2017 By

Mr Justice Peter Lane appointed new President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal

The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder, The Senior President of Tribunals has appointed Sir Peter Lane to be the Chamber President for the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber with effect from 2 October 2017. This is the first “internal& ...

2nd October 2017 By

Upper Tribunal slams First-tier in complex benefits appeal

“Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.” This was the introductory paragraph of Upper Tribunal Judge Wikeley in AF v SSWP (DLA) (No.2) [2017] UKUT 366 (AAC). When a judge expresses himself in this manner – and when the Secretary of State for Wo ...

29th September 2017 By

Immigration judge “wholly failing to meet standards”, Upper Tribunal finds

Three judges of the Upper Tribunal have examined 13 separate decisions of the same First-tier Tribunal judge and found them “wholly failing to meet the standards that are demanded by the office of a judge and expected by the parties”. The ...

27th September 2017 By

Explainer: Can the Home Secretary really be guilty of contempt of court for breach of a court order?

The Home Office has been in the news for what one judge described as a “prima facie case of contempt of court.” Officials are reported to have breached multiple orders for the return of asylum seeker Samim Bigzad from Afghanistan to the U ...

18th September 2017 By

Has the Home Office set up a team to deal with high profile immigration cases?

Brian White, abandoned as a baby, lived in a Zimbabwean orphanage until the age of six. He was fostered, and later adopted, by the White family in Wolverhampton. He came to the UK to join the family when he was 15, at which point he should have been g ...

11th September 2017 By

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 By

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 [2017] EWCA Civ 407. The Secretary of State sought to apply refugee c ...

26th June 2017 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By