Report into Brook House abuse published as Home Office launches “alternatives to detention” pilot

An investigation into abuse at Brook House immigration removal centre has castigated those in charge of the privately run detention centre. The report, commissioned by outsourcing firm G4S following an exposé by the BBC’s Panorama programme l ...

4th December 2018 By

EU Advocate General: the United Kingdom CAN cancel Brexit if it wants to

A top legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union has recommended that the UK be allowed to cancel its Article 50 notification triggering Brexit and stay in the EU if it wants. Advocate General Sánchez-Bordona writes in an Opinion re ...

4th December 2018 By

Immigration lawyers have to publish their prices by 6 December 2018

Immigration lawyers have until Thursday 6 December to publish their rates under price transparency rules issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA says that firms must put information about what they charge individual clients for immigrat ...

3rd December 2018 By

Latest immigration stats: EU residence document applications back on the rise

This is a collection of statistics on the UK immigration system. The Office for National Statistics, Home Office and Courts & Tribunals Service publish regular quarterly data on the number of migrants coming to the UK, how immigration applicat ...

29th November 2018 By

Home Office can’t accidentally grant section 3C leave by deciding an invalid application

R (Basir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2612 is about section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971. Section 3C works as follows: where a person makes a valid application to extend his or her leave to enter or remain and the a ...

28th November 2018 By

Permission granted in challenge to child citizenship fees

Today the High Court granted permission for a judicial review challenge to the exorbitant fees that the Home Office charges to children registering as British citizens. The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens argues that char ...

27th November 2018 By

Chef faces removal after missing biometric enrolment deadline

People who want a UK visa or visa extension have to provide the Home Office with “biometric information”; that is, fingerprints and a photograph. If they don’t sent in their biometric information, the visa application will be invalid ...

27th November 2018 By

UK and EU agree basics of post-Brexit relationship

UK and EU negotiators have just published a declaration setting out their ambitions for the future relationship between this country and the remainder of the EU after Brexit. To give the document its full title, it is the: Draft Political Declaration ...

22nd November 2018 By

Home Office publishes paragraph 322(5) guidance but stands firm on controversial refusals

The Home Office has today published guidance on “paragraph 322(5)” cases following a review of settlement refusals under the controversial rule. The takeaway is that no refusals should be issued without interviewing the applicant first. M ...

22nd November 2018 By

Mark Carney banks British citizenship

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, became a British citizen yesterday. The Canadian-born economist attended Camden Town Hall for the mandatory citizenship ceremony. Jenny Headlam-Wells, the Mayor of Camden, tweeted a picture of Carney ...

22nd November 2018 By

Home Office “too accepting” of dire asylum accommodation, immigration inspector finds

David Bolt clearly wishes he had never gone near the issue of asylum accommodation. The immigration inspector, who published a report today on the provision of housing for asylum seekers, remarks mournfully that its findings are “likely to pleas ...

20th November 2018 By

Prime Minister puts death of free movement at heart of Brexit deal campaign

Theresa May has begun what the press is describing as a Brexit “fightback“, putting the case for the draft Brexit deal published last week. The deal’s saving grace, according to the Prime Minister, is that it ends EU free movement so ...

19th November 2018 By

Campsfield House and the future of immigration detention

Protests have been held outside Campsfield House immigration removal centre on the last Saturday of the month for the last 20 years. The detention centre’s reputation has been scarred by escapes, riots and hunger strikes ever since it opened nor ...

19th November 2018 By

Home Office missed potential Windrush victims because it wrongly branded them criminals

The Home Office has admitted that some potential victims of the Windrush scandal were not identified because they were incorrectly labelled as criminals. The failure to include these people in the review of how many members of the Windrush generation ...

15th November 2018 By

Draft Brexit deal finally published but may be dead on arrival

We do legal rather than political punditry on this blog, but the resignation this morning of two Cabinet ministers bodes ill for the chances of the draft Brexit deal being approved by parliament. Even before that, the negative reaction of Conservativ ...

15th November 2018 By

NHS to stop passing Home Office information about migrants

A controversial agreement for the NHS to pass information about hospitalised migrants to the immigration authorities has been shelved, campaigners say. The Migrants’ Right Network and Liberty announced today that a legal challenge to an agreeme ...

12th November 2018 By

No Channel ports have enough immigration and customs officers, inspector finds

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt has published a new report focusing on border controls at south coast seaports. Parts of the report make worrying reading in light of the increased demands on those ports after Bre ...

12th November 2018 By

Uproar over foreign criminals ducking bail puts electronic monitoring back on the agenda

There is widespread media coverage today of the number of foreign criminals that have disappeared while on immigration bail in the past few years. The Mirror gives a flavour: Killers and rapists among hundreds of foreign criminals lost by Home Office& ...

9th November 2018 By

“No room for artistic licence” in Tier 2 job descriptions

R (Liral Veget Training And Recruitment Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2941 (Admin) was a challenge to the Home Office’s decision to revoke a company’s licence to sponsor non-EU citizens for work visas. It f ...

6th November 2018 By

Immigration minister throws settled status of EU citizens into confusion

Mass confusion following the immigration minister’s evidence (full transcript here) to the Home Affairs committee yesterday: this was a terrible appearance by Caroline Nokes @CommonsHomeAffs yesterday. Sajid Javid needs to go back as a matter o ...

31st October 2018 By

Survey of solicitors nominates “best immigration law firms”

The Times is getting in on the legal rankings game with a list of the top 200 solicitors’ firms as selected by lawyers themselves. The newspaper says that it worked with market research firm Statista to contact over 20,000 solicitors and ask the ...

30th October 2018 By

Unlocking Detention tour to “shine a spotlight” on immigration detention

A “virtual tour” of the immigration detention estate, which promises to shine a spotlight on the hidden world of immigration detention, launched last week and runs until 18 December. The Unlocking Detention campaign uses social media to b ...

29th October 2018 By

Appeal rights for extended family members: the saga continues

I’m at a conference on EU free movement law today, organised by the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. One of the many useful pieces of information I’ve picked up already is about rights of appeal for extended family members ...

24th October 2018 By

Home Office detains alleged rape victim for over a month even after approving her release

The Guardian has already reported this case as “Home Office ordered to pay damages to sex-trafficking victim”, but on Bailii it is simply R (ZV) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2725 (Admin). The media attention is ...

23rd October 2018 By

Wanted: 40 immigration judges, salary £100,000+

The Judicial Appointments Commission is advertising for 41 new salaried judges to fill vacancies in the immigration and asylum chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. The salary is an attractive £108,171 (slightly more in London). The scale of this recr ...

22nd October 2018 By

Home Office concedes independent investigation into Brook House abuse

The Home Office has agreed to ask the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) to carry out an investigation into the abuse of migrants held at Brook House detention centre. The decision has been described as a “major U-turn” by D ...

11th October 2018 By

NHS surcharge to double in December and new Immigration Rules changes published

Today the Home Office announced a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules and confirmed that the Immigration Health Surcharge will go from £200 to £400 in December. A link to the full statement of changes is here and a summary of the chan ...

11th October 2018 By

Government “won’t have any idea” how many EU citizens lack immigration status after Brexit

The Home Office will have no idea how many EU residents are left undocumented by Brexit because it does not collect or release the necessary data, a leading immigration policy expert has warned. Madeleine Sumption said yesterday that the government ha ...

10th October 2018 By

Well-known immigration law firm Lupins closes its doors

Immigration law firm Lupins has ceased trading after getting into financial difficulties. The London firm, well known in the immigration sector, halted operations from 28 September and has handed over its client files to Duncan Lewis, which has also t ...

9th October 2018 By

Home Office suffers another legal reverse over treatment of refugee children

Charity Help Refugees, supported by the AIRE Centre, has partly succeeded in an appeal challenging the government’s implementation of the “Dubs amendment”. The amendment, which passed into law as section 67 of the Immigration Act 201 ...

3rd October 2018 By

Free Asylum Aid video resources

Our thanks to Debora Singer and the good people at Asylum Aid for permission to use one of their videos in our new online training course on the UK asylum process. From Us to You is a short series of tips for female asylum seekers facing a Home Office ...

3rd October 2018 By

Javid sounds tough note on citizenship in party conference speech

Sajid Javid delivered a speech today at the Conservative party conference that is likely to generate headlines for what he had to say on immigration, integration and citizenship. Upon closer inspection, there is less substance to these pronouncements ...

2nd October 2018 By

No refunds for EU settled status applications

A new list of fees for immigration and nationality applications comes into effect from 8 October. None of the existing fees have actually changed since April; the Home Office is just adding the charges for Appendix EU “settled status” app ...

20th September 2018 By

Migration Advisory Committee: scrap the cap on Tier 2 work visas after Brexit

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its long-awaited research into migration from the EU and how it should be managed after Brexit. The report will disappoint advocates of a fairly liberal regime, recommending as it does that if there ...

18th September 2018 By

British immigration lawyers launch crowdfunding campaign to support Athens refugee clinic

Refugee Legal Support – Athens, a charitable project that sends volunteer immigration lawyers to Greece to give legal advice to refugees, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund its work. The project was set up last year with an initial gra ...

17th September 2018 By

Labour calls for “flexible” work visa system

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott delivered a speech today on what Labour in government would do about immigration. It doesn’t do to get too excited about these pronouncements, because Labour is not in government, but here is a link to the full ...

13th September 2018 By

Refugee children to be granted “Calais leave”

The government has announced a new type of permission to remain in the UK for children resettled from the Calais refugee camp last year who would not otherwise qualify for asylum. So-called “Calais leave” will allow children brought over f ...

13th September 2018 By

Migration Advisory Committee recommends “tweaks” to Tier 4 student visa rules

Immigration lawyers helping sponsoring universities navigate the complexities of the Points Based System naturally have an economic interest in overseas students — but then so does the rest of the nation. That is the uncompromising conclusion of ...

11th September 2018 By

EU law can be used to challenge employment restrictions imposed during deportation proceedings

In May, Nick wrote about the important High Court decision in R (Lauzikas) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1045 (Admin), which threw a spanner in the works of the Home Office’s policy of automatic detention of foreign ...

11th September 2018 By

Fixing refugee family reunion system not a Home Office priority, inspector says

The government’s immigration inspector, like the rest of us, is a little fed up with Home Office spin. David Bolt published the results of an re-inspection of the refugee family reunion process today with the acid comment: Predictably, the Home ...

5th September 2018 By