Syrian refugees to be properly recognised as refugees at last

In a Ministerial Statement made today, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that Syrian refugees resettled to the UK will formally be recognised as refugees rather than been granted the lesser status of “humanitarian protection”: The d ...

22nd March 2017 By

Immigration update podcast, episode 36

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This episode I start with the some material on asylum and human rights issues, including perhaps the most important human rights case of 2016, talk about a few fami ...

22nd March 2017 By

High Court declares unlawful the abolition of right of appeal for Turkish nationals

In the case of R (on the application of Akturk) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 297 (Admin) a Turkish wannabe window cleaner entered the UK as a visitor and then applied for leave to remain to establish his window cleaning bus ...

21st March 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

Impact of judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU in cases X.Y.Z., A.B.C. and Cimade and Gisti

Not exactly a pithy title but looks interesting from ECRE: The study intends to examine the extent of implementation of asylum-related judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereinafter ‘the CJEU’) and their impact on relevant as ...

16th March 2017 By

Evidential issues in trafficking cases: UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Looks very interesting and potentially useful for evidence-based judging of these complex cases. With thanks to colleague Louise Hooper for flagging it up. The Case Digest has analysed 135 cases from 31 jurisdictions. It benefited from the input from ...

14th March 2017 By

The UK’s spousal and family visa regime: some reflections after the Supreme Court judgment in the MM case | University of Bristol Law School Blog

Very interesting and detailed reflections on the MM case in the Supreme Court on the spouse minimum income rule. Family and spousal migration is only one part of migration policy, and there is the broader issue of what values migration policy should s ...

13th March 2017 By

Home Office ends policy of automatic settlement for refugees after five years

The Home Office has announced a new policy of reviewing whether all refugees require protection at the end of a five year initial period of leave. The policy appears to be effective immediately for all refugee settlement applications, including for re ...

9th March 2017 By

Ukrainian prison conditions breach Article 3 but draft evaders can still be sent back says Upper Tribunal

Official headnote: 1. At the current time it is not reasonably likely that a draft-evader avoiding conscription or mobilisation in Ukraine would face criminal or administrative proceedings for that act, although if a draft-evader did face prosecution ...

9th March 2017 By

Law Society Practice Note on Legal Professional Privilege

Well worth a read. This practice note seeks to: clarify the status of legal professional privilege (LPP) explore recent concerns about how the right has been asserted summarise practitioners’ duties clarify the main principles of LPP LPP protects al ...

8th March 2017 By

New Home Office country information note on women in Egypt

Being female does not on its own establish a need for international protection. In general, the level of violence and discrimination against women in Egypt will not in most cases amount to a real risk of persecution or serious harm. The onus is on the ...

8th March 2017 By

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal granted in Hysaj nationality appeals

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal case of R.(On the Application of Hysaj) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1195. On 27 February 2017, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ...

8th March 2017 By

Home Office now says health insurance ‘just a technicality’

“EU citizens will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance,” said a spokesman. Very welcome news but it is difficult to understand the Home Office’s legal position on all t ...

8th March 2017 By

10 million page views later… Free Movement’s 10th birthday

The Free Movement blog has turned ten; the first blog post was published on 7 March 2007. In the last ten years the blog has received 9,572,432 page views (and counting…). It has been quite a ride, driven by the thirst for up to date, clear a ...

7th March 2017 By

Home Office messes up deportation of former Malaysian and British Overseas Citizen

Official (rather terse) headnote: The deportation of a former Malaysian national and former BOC is liable to be deemed unlawful where relevant Government Policies relating to inter-state arrangements with Malaysia have not been taken into account or g ...

7th March 2017 By

Immigration solicitor fined £10,000 for signing off “grossly misleading and inaccurate” court documents

The Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal has fined an immigration solicitor £10,000 for signing off “grossly misleading and inaccurate” statements of truth for judicial review applications. The solicitor concerned, Achyuth Rajagopal of G Singh ...

7th March 2017 By

What do immigration officers look for when assessing visit visa applications?

“Two visas had been rejected … I was wrenched by a heavy feeling of humiliation…trying to prove that I’m a “normal person” like any Englishman, that I’m not aspiring to swap my career in Egypt as a cartoonist [and] scriptwriter … for B ...

6th March 2017 By

The UK response to the Syrian refugee crisis – Commons Library briefing

This Commons Library briefings looks at the Government’s work to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by the end of this Parliament, under its Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. It has also committed itself to resettling ...

6th March 2017 By

Exit strategies: Removing unauthorised immigrants is difficult and expensive | The Economist

Worth a read, and I’m not just saying that because I’m quoted: Britain is the only European country to allow indefinite detention under immigration laws. Some of those held are migrants who have committed crimes but cannot be removed, beca ...

6th March 2017 By

Children should be treated as children while their age is properly assessed

In this case an asylum seeker asserted he was a child. The local authority treated him as an adult while his age was assessed, contrary to the Age Assessment Guidance by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. No cogent reason was g ...

3rd March 2017 By

Tribunal on recorded video evidence and Article 8 considerations

Official headnote to Lama (video recorded evidence -weight – Art 8 ECHR : Nepal) [2017] UKUT 16 (IAC): (i) Video recorded evidence from witnesses is admissible in the Upper Tribunal. Its weight will vary according to the context. (ii) Alertne ...

2nd March 2017 By

Very interesting analysis of immigration stories in the “Whitetops”

Very interesting if depressing read: Last September, SubScribe looked at the prevalence and tone of anti-immigration stories produced by Fleet Street, accompanied by a bar chart of front pages.  At the time there were 195. By the end of the year, t ...

2nd March 2017 By

Updated Home Office guidance on criminality in article 8 ECHR cases

Source: Criminality guidance in article 8 ECHR cases – GOV.UK The change log says: Additional sections to reflect the Supreme Court judgment in Hesham Ali (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] and the European Court of Justi ...

1st March 2017 By

Home Office is obliged to serve relevant policy documents otherwise hearing is unfair

Lord Justice Irwin gives the leading judgment in UB (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 85, in which the Home Office failed to serve a relevant policy document during an appeal: 16. In my view there was the cleares ...

1st March 2017 By

Immigration update podcast, episode 35

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This episode I start with the some updates about the immigration tribunal and some tribunal case law, move on to cover some important legislative and procedural cha ...

1st March 2017 By

Briefing: the legal status of EU citizens in the UK

Summary The Home Office has hardened its position on EU citizens who are living in the UK but who do not have a “right of residence” under Directive 2004/38/EC. New regulations were introduced on 1 February 2017 and a swathe of policy doc ...

27th February 2017 By

Free ebook application guides for EU citizens: updated

With thanks to Unbound Philanthropy for the funding, I have been able to put together a series of ebook guides aimed at EU and EEA nationals wanting to apply for residence documents here in the UK. They are updated and expanded versions of my existing ...

24th February 2017 By

Latest quarterly immigration statistics: some highlights

Just a few bits and bobs from the details of the latest quarterly statistics: Outstanding EU law residence document applications stands at 95,146 (source). That is a LOT. It is hard to see how the Home Office can meet the 6 months deadline for decidin ...

23rd February 2017 By

Upper Tribunal encourages parties to reach agreement on costs. Or else.

Potentially useful case when seeking to agree costs in good time. The official headnote: Where judicial review proceedings are resolved by settlement, the parties are responsible for doing all they can to agree costs, both as to liability and amount, ...

23rd February 2017 By

Tribunal case on lapsing, cancelling and revoking ILR

i) Article 13 of the Immigration (Leave to enter and Remain) Order 2000/1161 (the “2000 Order”) applies to holders of indefinite leave to remain (“ILR”) who travel to a country or territory outside the common travel area so tha ...

23rd February 2017 By

Immigration tribunal one of first to convert to online court model

The first signs of an online court will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge… ...

23rd February 2017 By

Court of Appeal testing new shorts

The Court of Appeal is testing out a new style of “short form” judgment. Given the backlogs at the Court of Appeal at the moment, this seems eminently sensible. Although the particular judgment — yet another appeal by the Secretary o ...

22nd February 2017 By

Supreme Court upholds Minimum Income Rule of £18,600 to sponsor foreign spouses in MM case

In linked judgments in the case of MM and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10, known to many as just “the MM case,” the Supreme Court has this morning upheld in principle the Minimum Income Rule which requir ...

22nd February 2017 By

Expediting an EU residence document application

Brexit is causing significant delays in the processing of EU free movement documentation applications. In normal times, before the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016, an EU national could expect a permanent residence certificate to be issued in about 6 ...

22nd February 2017 By

Tribunal on meaning of absences from the UK for no more than 180 days

Official headnote: (i) On a proper construction of paragraph 245AAA(a)(i) of HC 395, an absence from the United Kingdom for a period of more than 180 days in one of the relevant 12 month periods will entail a failure to satisfy the requirements of par ...

21st February 2017 By

New consultation on changes to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014

The Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) is interested to receive your views on changes arising from the Immigration Act 2016, in particular to a number of changes to bail, which the Tribunal Procedure Committee considers may make amendments to the rule ...

20th February 2017 By

Shortage of judges hits immigration tribunals | Law Society Gazette

A rapid decline in the number of immigration tribunal judges could herald a crisis, despite the government’s insistence that there is sufficient capacity to deal with a growing backlog of work. Government figures show that in 2012 there were 347 fee ...

20th February 2017 By

New report shows detainees in prison denied immigration advice

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In their new report, Mind the Gap: Immigration Advice for Detainees in Prisons, BID ...

15th February 2017 By

Reconstructing Judicial Review By Sarah Nason

In her just published book, Reconstructing Judicial Review, Sarah Nason (Bangor University) uses legal theory and empirical research to explore the extent to which the nature of judicial review has changed since 2007. Here she discusses the research ...

13th February 2017 By

New policies, processes and forms for EU nationals show hardening Home Office position

A raft of new Home Office policies and forms for EU and EEA nationals was released in early February, along with significant changes to the online application process. These changes accompany the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, ...

10th February 2017 By
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