Overstaying on a UK visa: law and consequences

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt Law is frequently a question of deadlines. Points fixed in a calendar, some optimistically scribbled in, some tattooed on a limb. If you are lucky ...

23rd October 2019 By

RCoS applications made by 5 October can invoke the new Shortage Occupation List

The Immigration Rules are due to change on 6 October 2019, as heralded by statement of changes HC 2631. One particularly notable change will be the amendment of the Shortage Occupation List, with many roles being added to the list and some removed. On ...

30th September 2019 By

What does Boris Johnson really think about immigration?

Boris Johnson is the new leader of the Conservative Party, and our next Prime Minister. How might he change the UK government’s policy on immigration? An important question, and when it comes to Johnson potentially a Sisyphean task, given his reputa ...

23rd July 2019 By

The absolute state of the UK visa application system

There is a growing furore about the poor state of our visa application processes, which seem to have hit an all time low. The application systems for getting a visa, extension, settlement or citizenship are now mostly online and outsourced. But far fr ...

2nd May 2019 By

Helpful decision on evidential flexibility nevertheless demonstrates failure of Points Based System

Almost as soon as a court has provided substantive guidance on a particular area of immigration law, the law seems to change. So it is in R (Islam) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 500. The Court of Appeal in this case take ...

1st April 2019 By

“Fairness” in immigration cases is overrated says Court of Appeal

Bhandari & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 129 considered some fairly elderly Upper Tribunal case law on fairness and the Points Based System, and in particular a decision of Mr Justice Blake in Patel (Revocation ...

20th February 2019 By

Tribunal calls for sensible approach to evidence justifying late applications

Reading the case of R (Prathipati) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (discretion – exceptional circumstances) [2018] UKUT 427 (IAC), it is impossible not to feel deep admiration for Ms Prathipati. The 28-year-old Indian citizen appear ...

21st December 2018 By

Courts foil Home Office attempt to hamstring Surinder Singh rights

The Court of Appeal in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Christy [2018] EWCA Civ 2378 has comprehensively rejected an argument by the Home Office seeking to limit the obligation to consider “Surinder Singh” applications by exte ...

30th October 2018 By

Immigration tribunals lose their way in overcomplicated human rights rules

The appeal of Orhan Mendirez [2018] CSIH 65 is an interesting judgment from the Inner House in which both the Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal come in for criticism. Both failed to approach their decision-making task, in an appeal focused on Art ...

9th October 2018 By

Why was far-right leader Geert Wilders allowed into the UK for the #FreeTommyRobinson protest?

I was appalled to see Saturday’s footage of the violence directed against the police in central London by protesters demonstrating against the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, the far-right activist jailed for contempt of court last month. The po ...

12th June 2018 By

Briefing: the immigration rules covering foreign citizens in the UK fishing fleet

One of the interesting aspects of the ongoing national debate about Brexit is the prominent position occupied in the debate by the UK fishing industry. I would venture to say that maritime immigration control is a topic infrequently encountered even b ...

15th May 2018 By

The spider’s web of the Points Based System

The web of Rules and Guidance has become so tangled that even the spider has difficulty controlling it. So says Lord Justice Underhill in Mudiyanselage v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 65, the latest decision in a long line ...

1st February 2018 By

Strasbourg continues orthodox approach to Iranian Christian converts

In A v Switzerland (application no. 60342/16), the European Court of Human Rights considered the risk of ill treatment on return to Iran for Christian converts. In this case the applicant had converted to Christianity whilst seeking asylum in Swi ...

23rd January 2018 By