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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Withdrawn decisions survey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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