I have been working away at an online course on the Immigration Act 2014. It is now ready and members can take a look here. The materials include links to other resources, an easy way to compare the new and old appeal provisions, the amended versions of some of the key new provisions and worked examples of how the Act will affect people in practice. There is also a thread in the forum available for discussion, exchanging ideas or answering one another’s questions. The course is worth 2 CPD for lawyers and includes a final quiz of 20 questions.
It is hard to emphasise how important it is that immigration lawyers get fully trained up on the new Act, which is going to have a profound effect on challenges to Home Office decisions in particular. If an online course isn’t your thing, HJT Training is running a conference on the Act on 30 June 2014 in London (or 28 July 2014 in Manchester) which you can book here.
The Free Movement online Immigration Act 2014 CPD course is divided into three modules. Signed in members can access the material from the links in this post. For those of you not yet members, there are now 14 CPD points available and more courses coming. Starting at £50 plus VAT per person, Free Movement Membership is a very cost effective way to meet CPD obligations and make sure you are on top of our constantly changing area of law.
The first module, on removal and detention, looks at the new removal power under the new s.10 of the 1999 Act and its implications before moving on to removal and detention involving children and families and new provisions on enforcement, bail, biometrics and detention.
The second module looks at appeals. It examines the new rights and grounds of appeal, the problems that arise and analyses how the human rights jurisdiction might be used to argue that cases that would previously have succeeded under the abolished ‘not in accordance with the immigration rules’ or on ‘not in accordance with the law’ grounds. The module also looks at new provisions on in and out of country appeals, on out of country appeals against deportation and at the controversial new statutory Article 8 considerations imposed on judges.
The third and final module covers access to services, marriages and citizenship and other matters.
Module 1 Commencement and transitional provisions Unit 1 Introduction Unit 2 Appeals provisions and removal power Unit 3 Commencement table Module 2 Removal and Detention Unit 1 New removal power Unit 2 Removal and detention involving families and children Unit 3 Enforcement, bail, biometrics and detention Module 3 Appeals Unit 1 Rights and grounds of appeal Unit 2 Human rights grounds and appeals Unit 3 New matters and duty to inform the Home Office Unit 4 Administrative review and section 3C Unit 5 From where may appeals be brought? Unit 6 Statutory human rights considerations Module 4 Access to services, marriages, citizenship and other matters Unit 1 Access to Services Unit 2 Marriage and civil partnership Unit 3 Citizenship provisions Unit 4 Other provisions Unit 5 Final quiz: Immigration Act 2014 Unit 6 Feedback form
The online course will be updated as more information on implementing regulations and commencement orders become available.