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Will he or won’t he? Is an immigration amnesty a possibility under Boris Johnson? 29th, 2019

  Many remember the loud and clear tones when, as a member of Parliament and a cabinet minister, Boris Johnson advocated the implementation of an amnesty for immigrants without status in the UK, at the height of the “Windrush “scandal. Thursday, 25th July 2019 was Boris Johnson’s first statement as Prime Minister (PM) to the …

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Post-Brexit travel authorisation for UK nationals 19th, 2018

At present, all UK citizens with valid passports can travel to any other European Union (“EU”) member state by simply producing their passport at the relevant border. EU agreements permit the free movement of people, however, once the UK stops being a member state, Britons will no longer be able to move as freely. On …

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Changes to the Immigration Rules expected in 2019 17th, 2018

The UK Government announced a number of changes on Thursday 6th December 2018, which they intend to implement “shortly” in 2019. The proposed changes included the following: Introducing a new Start-up visa route. This new route was initially revealed in June of this year with an intention to replace and build upon the current Tier 1 …

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Immigration Health Surcharge to double in December 2018 16th, 2018

On 11th October 2018, the Home Office announced plans before parliament to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge in December 2018 subject to parliamentary approval. The surcharge was first introduced in 2015 and applies to most non-EU applicants on a work, study or family visa longer than six months. The current surcharge is £150 a year …

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Proposal to reform British citizenship 16th, 2018

On 02/10/18, the Home Secretary proposed a series of reforms to British citizenship which includes tougher English language requirements including changes to the Life in the UK test. The objective is to “give greater prominence to the British values and principles expected of those wishing to call the UK their permanent home.” Changes to the Life in the UK test will …

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Changes to Divorce – UK Government proposes “no-fault” divorces 2nd, 2018

What is the current law on divorce? Under the current UK law, the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. In order to demonstrate this, an individual (the Petitioner) applying for divorce will need to satisfy the court of one or more of five facts: The Respondent has committed adultery …

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R (on the application of Sutharsan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UT rule 29(1): time limit) [2019] UKUT 217 (IAC)

Inspection Report on the Home Office process of removal of status from migrants in the UK 8th, 2018

There are a number of mechanisms by which the Home Office are able to remove a person’s status, depending on the grounds for doing so. The various terms used to describe the act itself: “revocation”, “cancellation”, “cessation” and, “deprivation” all have the same effect: the individual becomes liable to removal from the UK, or to …

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R (on the application of Sutharsan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UT rule 29(1): time limit) [2019] UKUT 217 (IAC)

New policy statement on relocation and support for unaccompanied refugee children 8th, 2018

On 19/01/18 the Home Office released a policy statement on its progress in implementing section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 which states: “Unaccompanied refugee children: relocation and support (1)The Secretary of State must, as soon as possible after the passing of this Act, make arrangements to relocate to the United Kingdom and support a …

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R (on the application of Sutharsan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UT rule 29(1): time limit) [2019] UKUT 217 (IAC)

EU Update – UK Government provides more certainty on future arrangements for EU Nationals and their family members 2nd, 2018

On 18/12/17, the UK Government published the agreements reached with the European Union during negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The aim of these publications was to provide certainty about the future for EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. The agreements reached are as follows: By 29/03/19, EU citizens …

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R (on the application of Sutharsan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UT rule 29(1): time limit) [2019] UKUT 217 (IAC)

UK Government provides detail on new status for EU citizen’s post-Brexit 29th, 2017

On 7th November 2017 the government issued a new document setting out how the new settled status scheme for EU citizens will operate. The document provides reassurance for those applying to stay in the UK following Brexit by confirming that applications will not be refused on minor technicalities and caseworkers will be applying discretion appropriately. …

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