What to do if the Home Office closes your current account

Measures requiring banks to check on the immigration status of existing account holders come into force today. To celebrate, the Home Office has published some brief guidance for those who, as “disqualified persons”, find their current acc ...

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. 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

“Madness, despair and horror” at Halloween

With Halloween approaching, a refugee charity is combining spooky tales with support for free movement. The Dead Poets Live event in London on Saturday 28 October promises “the most terrifying poems ever written”, read by a collection of w ...

26th October 2017 By

How not to serve a curtailment letter

The Upper Tribunal has granted an application for judicial review in a case concerning service of a curtailment letter, holding that: (i) The effect of Article 8ZA of the Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000 (SI No. 2000/1161), conside ...

25th October 2017 By

Home Office relief for stroke victim family

Last week, we discussed the case of the Waterman family. Simon Waterman, a British citizen, had suffered a life-altering stroke, but the needs of Mr Waterman and his two children did not to the Home Office constitute “exceptional circumstances&# ...

23rd October 2017 By

Curtailment letters can be sent to an overseas address

The Upper Tribunal, in a case concerning service of a curtailment letter to an address in Bangladesh, has held that: (i) Where the Secretary of State relies on a curtailment notice as having been deemed to have been given by being placed “on fil ...

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. 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

Changes to National Referral Mechanism for trafficking victims

The government has announced changes to the National Referral Mechanism, the official framework for identifying those who have been trafficked or enslaved. The Modern Slavery Taskforce announced the first three of what are to be a serious of improveme ...

20th October 2017 By

Home Office: a stroke is not “exceptional circumstances”

An ex-soldier who struggles to walk, speak or perform basic household tasks following a stroke has been told that he must look after his children without their Philippine national mother because these do not constitute “exceptional circumstances ...

20th October 2017 By

Theresa May’s open letter: what she said and what she meant

As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first. I have a firm grasp of the technical detail. I have been clear th ...

19th October 2017 By

“Good deeds” immigration lawyer struck off over judicial reviews

An immigration lawyer praised for his “good deeds” among the Chinese community has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Vay Sui Ip, a partner at Manchester firm Sandbrook Solicitors, was prosecuted by the Solicitors Reg ...

17th October 2017 By

ILPA funding available for strategic litigation

Grants of up to £30,000 are now available through the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association to promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young adults. ILPA has relaunched the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants. ...

17th 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

ILPA annual free movement seminar: report

What can immigration lawyers do when immigration law is uncertain? This was not, admittedly, the advertised theme of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association annual seminar on free movement, which took place on 4 October. But the enervatin ...

12th October 2017 By

High Court defeat for Home Office over torture policy

The Home Office has lost a judicial review over its controversial change to the definition of torture in a claim brought by unlawfully detained torture victims. The judgment is in the case of Medical Justice & Ors v Secretary of State for the Hom ...

10th October 2017 By

Garden Court barristers uncover immigration check “racial profiling”

Two immigration law practitioners, Chris Williams and Nicola Braganza, made headlines today for their part in an investigation highlighting “racial profiling” in UK immigration checks. The pair, both Garden Court tenants, worked with the ...

9th October 2017 By

Home Office in breach of law over permanent residence waiting times

The Home Office has broken the law by failing to publish the waiting times faced by EU citizens trying to get residence documents. The Information Commissioner ruled that Amber Rudd’s department is in breach of the Freedom of Information Act, ha ...

2nd October 2017 By

Citizens’ rights: update after fourth round of Brexit negotiations

The fourth round of Brexit negotiations are over, with some signs of progress on the future status of EU citizens living in the UK. At the end of August, the EU-UK joint comparison of negotiating positions on citizens’ rights showed some 30 iss ...

28th 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

Home Office offers dubious assurances on fingerprints and ID cards for EU citizens

Campaign group the3million has issued a statement on the latest plans for settled status following a meeting with the Home Office. Some clarifications were made during a meeting between the Home Office and the3million regarding some false informatio ...

26th September 2017 By

What does Theresa May’s Florence speech mean for EU citizens?

Theresa May exercised her free movement rights with a trip to Florence on Friday to deliver a much-anticipated speech on Brexit. Conciliatory in tone and significant on the question of the ‘divorce bill’, the Prime Minister’s commen ...

26th September 2017 By
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