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New Home Office definition of ‘exceptional’ circumstances

New Home Office definition of ‘exceptional’ circumstances

A Home Office spokesman said:

“Staff who make exceptional contributions to the work of the Home Office are eligible for special one-off payments”

Apparently a total of 11,672 bonuses were paid in 2012/13 to around 40% of staff, equating to a mean bonus of £559.

Who knew that 40% of staff at the Home Office had made an ‘exceptional’ contribution to its work? Impressive. And something to bear in mind next time one of those Home Office staff suggest in a reasons for refusal letter or court submissions that a person’s case is not ‘exceptional’ as required by the Immigration Rules at paragraphs 390A, 391, 397, 398, S-EC.1.4, E-ECP.4.2 and, no doubt, elsewhere.

Colin Yeo
Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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