New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1154
On Friday 15 June, a new statement of changes was laid. Rather atypically, many of the changes are welcome news! All changes will come into force on 6 July 2018, although some only apply to applications made after that date. As always, practitioners a ...18th June 2018
Council criticised for failure to provide accommodation to child refugees
Most unaccompanied child asylum seekers and refugees will be “children in need” for the purposes of the Children Act 1989. So the issue of whether or not local authorities have properly exercised their duties to provide accommodation and care freq ...13th June 2018
Can children and parents apply to remain after seven years residence?
From a child’s perspective, seven years of residence in the UK can be literally a lifetime. It may be the sum of all the child’s experience and the UK may be the only home they know in any meaningful sense. On top of that, children do not make the ...2nd May 2018
Comment: the fee for children to register as British is the next Windrush scandal
Like Commonwealth citizens unable to pay for residence cards, children entitled to register for British citizenship are prevented from taking up their rightful status in the UK by swingeing Home Office fees, write Solange Valdez-Symonds and Steve Vald ...20th April 2018
“Powerful reasons” needed to remove a child from UK after seven years
In the recently published case of MT and ET (child’s best interests; ex tempore pilot) Nigeria  UKUT 88 (IAC), the Upper Tribunal looked again at the balancing exercise between a child’s best interests and the public interest when decidi ...26th March 2018
New guidance on family and private life applications: a harsher test for parents of British kids?
On 23 February 2018, the Home Office issued new guidance on dealing with applications for leave to remain on the basis of family life as a partner or parent or on the basis of private life, on a ten-year route to settlement. Under the heading “chang ...20th March 2018