All Articles: Home Office

The power of connection

Update: The Daily Record has carried a story about the whole affair. Update 2: And it’s on Buzzfeed now as well. Busy creating some of the new online courses for the new training project, I was looking for something on the unnavigable gov.uk web ...

7th April 2014 By

Home Office picks wrong family photo for campaign

The Home Office has managed to use a photo of a child that it wanted to remove from the UK as the face of its campaign to overturn a High Court judgment allowing divided families to be reunited. The news item concerns the controversial minimum income ...

4th April 2014 By

Home Office asylum interview question (May 2012)

After all this time in prison, what makes you believe that you are still gay? ...

31st March 2014 By

Review of handling of gay asylum claims

Very pleased to have played a role in bringing about this review: it was here on Free Movement that the case referred to by May was revealed before being picked up by The Observer. A Home Office document leaked earlier this year revealed how one bisex ...

29th March 2014 By

Immigration raids found to be unlawful in two thirds of cases

In another highly critical report on immigration enforcement by the Home Office, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine has found that in nearly two thirds of cases (59%) immigration enforcement officers entering business premises l ...

26th March 2014 By

Removals process revealed to be a shambles

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has just published a damning report looking at the removals process at the Home Office. That the Home Office is not effective in conducting removals is hardly news to those of us who work in immigration l ...

26th March 2014 By

Excuses for opposing bail #1 (and #2)

We suggest that if the sureties were aware of x’s illegal status in the UK, they have been complicit in assisting him in defying UK immigration law, and are therefore unsuitable in ensuring he comply with the conditions of bail. Alternatively, i ...

18th March 2014 By

Syrian asylum seekers rejected, detained and removed in 2013

A Parliamentary written answer yesterday revealed that of the Syrians that managed to get to the UK to claim asylum in 2013, 24 were forcibly removed and a further 20 remain in immigration detention today. That seems to me truly shocking. It certainly ...

5th March 2014 By

Gay asylum seekers face ‘humiliation’

You saw it here first! ...

9th February 2014 By

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 t ...

5th February 2014 By

Questions to a bisexual asylum seeker in detention

The following questions are transcribed from the interviewer’s written record of an interview with a detained asylum seeker who stated he was bisexual. The interview took place in October 2013, beginning at 10.25am and ending at 4pm. There was a ...

24th January 2014 By

Home Office should not have special litigant status

This determination was quietly released by the Judicial Office late last year. It is unusual for immigration cases to be publicised in this way. Presumably in this instance it was because of likely public interest in the final outcome rather than the ...

22nd January 2014 By

Withdrawn decisions survey

This is a very short survey to gather information for a possible legal challenge to the Home Office practice of withdrawing decisions late in the day and perhaps to the tribunal procedure rules, which provide for automatic termination of the appeal. W ...

14th January 2014 By

Document Verification Reports are not secret materials

Where an immigration official alleges that a document used in an application is false or forged, a ‘Document Verification Report’ (DVR) is routinely prepared. This report states the reasons why immigration officials believe the document is ...

5th November 2013 By

Getting an appealable removal decision

Many migrants and their families get caught in a situation where they apply to the Home Office for permission to stay, are rejected but then are unable to appeal the decision to the immigration tribunal. This has long been a problem (‘Refusal wi ...

23rd September 2013 By

Fabien Delage, designer of ‘plane crash’ font used for Go Home campaign

My partners and customers now suspect I might have been involved in this campaign which, let me tell you, has been quite unpopular abroad. Source: BBC ...

17th September 2013 By

Mark Harper, Hansard 5 Sep 2013 Col 585

If we were to do what my hon. Friend suggested and have a blanket policy of not detaining [pregnant] women, first, having read many cases, I fear we would find quite a lot of people saying they were pregnant as another method of delaying their departu ...

6th September 2013 By

Residential Landlords’ Association consultation response

There is no doubt that should the proposals be implemented then they will lead to unintended, but increased, discrimination against migrants, with some landlords refusing to house migrants for fear of falling foul of the new rules. ...

28th August 2013 By

On behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department

At two and three years old respectively, it is considered that x and y are of an age where they would be able to readjust to life without you. ...

24th August 2013 By

Legal privilege after Snowden

The legal action initiated by David Miranda through UK solicitors Bindmans brings into sharp focus an issue that has been troubling me since the Snowden revelations began: how can a lawyer acting against government be sure that privileged communicatio ...

22nd August 2013 By

How Your Passport Is Made

Somewhat improved use of social media by the Home Office in my view. It is fascinating to see so many of those precious little purple books flying through the machinery. I actually enjoyed this, I admit! I need to get out more… ...

16th August 2013 By

Circumventing immigration controls NOT always an offence

"The Home Office said people should claim asylum in the first country they reach, adding: "Anyone who tries to circumvent immigration controls to enter the UK is breaking the law." The Guardian, 9 August 2013 ...

9th August 2013 By

Suspected Peruvian #immigrationoffender arrested today in West London

RT @ukhomeoffice Suspected Peruvian #immigrationoffender arrested today in West London Hat tip @jonronson. ...

6th August 2013 By

George the Poet: ‘Go Home’

Another video for Friday afternoon, this one via The Guardian. Absolutely brilliant. I only wish I could somehow make Mark Harper watch it. ...

2nd August 2013 By

Southall Black Sisters confront UK Border Agency

Southall Black Sisters are even more fantastic than they were before. If that is even possible. After all the miserable immigration propaganda the Government has been pumping out this is a much needed breath of fresh air. ...

2nd August 2013 By

The Unnameables

I recently suggested that the new name for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Border and Immigration Agency UK Border Agency remains unknown. That is not really true, it turns out, and we are not expected to carry on treating it as the bureau ...

24th July 2013 By

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