Big fall in the number of EU workers coming to the UK as Brexit bites

The number of EU workers allocated a National Insurance number in the UK fell by over a fifth last year, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The data, which also shows a large fall in the number of EU citizens coming to look for ...

16th July 2018 By

Legal aid for lone children restored as migrants’ right to strike confirmed in Rules

Perhaps it’s the Donald Trump effect? The government yesterday announced two policy changes that should benefit migrants in the UK, just as the famously anti-immigrant reality TV host President of the United States was landing at Stansted airpor ...

13th July 2018 By

Prisons inspector slams “unacceptable” Home Office inaction on detention centres

The chief inspector of prisons has attacked the Home Office for its “unacceptable” failure to respond to his reports on immigration detention centres. Peter Clarke, writing in the annual report of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, said that only ...

12th July 2018 By

What the Brexit White Paper says about immigration

Two years after the referendum vote to leave the European Union, the government has published a White Paper describing what it wants from the future relationship between the UK and EU. The 100-page document includes some references to the future of im ...

12th July 2018 By

Javid: free movement could be replaced with “labour mobility” for executives

The right of free movement for EU migrants could be replaced with something more like the arrangements making travel easier for Canadian business people, the Home Secretary has said. Sajid Javid told the Home Affairs committee of MPs today that free m ...

10th July 2018 By

Refusing citizenship for historic evasion of immigration control confirmed as lawful

A quick note on an unsuccessful challenge to a good character naturalisation refusal. The claimant sought to argue that the policy of refusing citizenship on the ground of bad character where the person had broken immigration laws in the preceding dec ...

6th July 2018 By

JUSTICE report recommends 49 changes in immigration and asylum appeals

The human rights and law reform organisation JUSTICE has launched a new report on the immigration asylum appeals system, saying that the tribunals have “become relatively complex and slow in parts of their operation, and overburdened by paper an ...

3rd July 2018 By

Duncan Lewis seeks feedback from legal aid firms affected by backdating rules

Duncan Lewis Solicitors wants help from legal aid firms in its challenge to Legal Aid Agency rules that prevent solicitors from claiming for emergency work carried out before legal aid is formally granted. The Legal Aid Agency’s position is tha ...

29th June 2018 By

Migrants detained indefinitely or made homeless by new immigration bail system

Homeless migrants are being kept in detention centres indefinitely because the Home Office is no longer finding them a place to live after release. The department’s refusal or inability to provide accommodation under a new immigration bail syst ...

28th June 2018 By

Immigration minister reveals first results of paragraph 322(5) investigation

The first phase of a Home Office investigation into migrants being refused settlement because of tax discrepancies shows that the refusals were “correct”, the immigration minister said today. In a letter to the Home Affairs committee, publ ...

28th June 2018 By

Data protection damages for Iranian asylum seekers confirmed

What should the repercussions be if the Home Office accidentally splashes the personal details of asylum seekers all over the internet? If your answer is “compensation”, congratulations: you are at one with the Court of Appeal. The case is ...

27th June 2018 By

Refugee Legal Support is recruiting a Greek asylum lawyer

Refugee Legal Support: Athens, a group of British immigration lawyers that runs a pro bono legal clinic for refugees in Greece, is looking to hire a local lawyer to help with the project. The position is a temporary, three-month stint based in Athens ...

26th June 2018 By

Settled status scheme slowly taking shape as ministers reveal new details

Ministers released further information today on the settled status registration scheme for EU citizens living the UK after Brexit. Many of the headline announcements cover familiar ground, but there is now a 40-page statement of intent on the EU Sett ...

21st June 2018 By

Five things you didn’t know about refugees in the UK

  To mark Refugee Week, here are some facts and figures on refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. 1. The number of asylum seekers in the UK is falling Around the world there are 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accord ...

19th June 2018 By

NHS exemption from Tier 2 visa quota confirmed in changes to Immigration Rules

The Home Secretary has today laid a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules to exempt doctors and nurses from the limit on visas for skilled non-EU workers. Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, announced in a press release that &# ...

15th June 2018 By

Non-profit immigration law conference returns to Scotland

Free Movement contributor Bilaal Shabbir is organising an Immigration Law Masterclass Conference in Edinburgh on 7 September 2018. The all-day event follows on from last year’s Brexit conference held in Glasgow. The conference will attract 5 C ...

15th June 2018 By

Immigration tribunal Practice Statements re-issued almost unchanged

Revised Practice Statements for the First-tier and Upper immigration tribunals have been published by the Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Ernest Ryder. They took effect on 11 June 2018 and replace the previous version from November 2014. The new do ...

14th June 2018 By

Home Office fails to carry out nearly half the immigration inspector’s recommendations

Almost half the recommendations made by the independent immigration inspector over the last three years have not been followed by the Home Office, the inspector’s annual report shows. David Bolt’s survey of the 2017/18 financial year says ...

14th June 2018 By

Rwandan bishop allegedly involved in genocide wins second settlement appeal

A Church of England bishop accused of committing crimes against humanity during the Rwandan genocide has won an appeal by the Home Office challenging his right to settle in the UK. The case is Secretary of State for the Home Department v Ruhumuliza [ ...

7th June 2018 By

Government must do more to end discrimination in British nationality law, report finds

Government proposals aimed at stamping out discrimination in British nationality law are welcome but do not go far enough, a parliamentary committee said today. A new report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights argues that discrimination on the gro ...

31st May 2018 By

No more tiers: points to be taken out of the Points Based System?

Buried in the government’s official reply to a recent report of the Home Affairs committee of MPs is the following nugget: We keep all our Immigration Rules under review, and respond to feedback from applicants and other interested parties where ...

29th May 2018 By

New details on help for the Windrush generation

The Home Office has announced a formal application process for victims of the Windrush scandal and other long-term residents to get documents proving their right to live in the UK. The “Windrush Scheme” will go live on 30 May, replacing a ...

24th May 2018 By

Number of migrants removed from UK continues to decline

The number of people removed from the UK by the Home Office is at its lowest level in well over a decade, new statistics show. Fewer than 7,000 migrants were recorded as leaving the UK under either an enforced or voluntary Home Office scheme in Januar ...

24th May 2018 By

Upper Tribunal time limits: clock starts to run when written decisions are *sent*

Yet another procedural change to update you on. This one took effect on 14 May 2018 and is about the time limit for appeals to the Upper Tribunal. Basically the clock starts ticking on the date that written reasons are sent out — not the date on ...

23rd May 2018 By

Brexit update: Javid letter reveals new details of settled status scheme

It’s been a little quiet on the Brexit front recently, but negotiations started up again this week. The talks don’t cover the status of EU migrants living in the UK, as the legal text on that was agreed in March. That agreement is at the m ...

23rd May 2018 By

Tribunal caseworker powers expanded in new Practice Statement

A new Practice Statement adds to the list of immigration tribunal powers that can be exercised by members of staff rather than judges. The Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Ernest Ryder, issued the document on 15 May 2018. Colin commented on the last ...

22nd May 2018 By

“New streamlined service” for in-country applications announced

Interesting development on in-country applications. A new service delivered by outsourcing firm Sopra Steria will see supporting information processed at local libraries rather than people having to post it in with their application: Under the new arr ...

22nd May 2018 By

Volunteer lawyers reunite Calais migrants with family in the UK

Lawyers are raising funds to reunite child refugees in northern France with family members already in the UK. The Dunkirk Project involves legal help for families split by the English channel in order to help young migrants stuck in Calais and Dunkirk ...

21st May 2018 By

Tailored Free Movement email alerts now available

New updates, commentary and advice on immigration law is added to Free Movement every working day. You can keep up with it in a variety of ways: by visiting the homepage, using the RSS feed, following us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and, coming ...

18th May 2018 By

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner resigns citing lack of independence

The government’s anti-slavery czar, Kevin Hyland OBE, has resigned and says that his successor must be able to operate independently of government. In a resignation statement, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner said that As the inaugural ...

17th May 2018 By

Trafficking support duty: judicial review challenge fails on appeal

A judicial review aimed at improving the support available to potential victims of human trafficking has failed in the Court of Appeal. The case is R (EM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1070. The Secretary of State was su ...

17th May 2018 By

Settlement application forms: new versions of SET(O) and EEA(PR) are out

The Home Office has issued a new version of the paper application form for EU permanent residence, EEA(PR), for use from 10 May 2018 onward. It is still 85 pages long and the accompanying guidance has not changed, although in the past new guidance on ...

17th May 2018 By

Free Movement interviews… Tim Barnden on sham marriages

What is a genuine relationship? This idea of a love marriage is an invention of modernity,. It’s not so long ago that most people would be getting married through other kinds of arrangements. In Victorian England, all kinds of financial consider ...

16th May 2018 By

Home Office hits pause on “thousands” of migrant bank account closures

Thousands of suspected “illegal” migrants were due to have their bank accounts closed earlier this year but have been given a reprieve by the new Home Secretary over fears that members of the Windrush generation could be affected. Sajid Ja ...

15th May 2018 By

First-tier Tribunal the place to decide whether out-of-country appeal lawful

Just one new reported decision of the Upper Tribunal this month. It involves a Jamaican national deported in September 2016 who, rather poignantly, “has never physically seen” his son, born in the UK later that year. The case is R (Watson) ...

15th May 2018 By

“Son of Windrush” QC to oversee compensation scheme as consultation opens

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that a senior barrister of Caribbean extraction will oversee a compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal. Martin Forde QC of One Crown Office Row was named today as the “Independent ...

10th May 2018 By

Home Office softens line on “no study” restrictions for refugee children

The Home Office has today issued revised guidance that should help asylum seekers and other migrant children in the UK who have been banned from studying under changes introduced at the beginning of the year. The new system of immigration bail that c ...

9th May 2018 By

Alleged trafficking victim’s claims too weak for High Court

On Free Movement we do our best to bring you analysis, or at the very least a quick heads up, on every significant bit of case law on immigration and asylum. We don’t always get around to everything right away, particularly when the case is a fi ...

9th May 2018 By

Immigration inspector praises Syrian refugee resettlement programme

Independent reviews of public institutions are critical by design, which is why almost every report ever published by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration is damning of the Home Office to a greater or lesser extent. Today̵ ...

8th May 2018 By

Free Movement interviews… Giles Peaker on housing law blogging

Housing solicitor Giles Peaker was an accomplished art historian before turning to the law at the age of 40, rising to become a partner at Anthony Gold within five years of qualification. He founded the Nearly Legal blog while still a paralegal. Initi ...

8th May 2018 By
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