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Immigration Health Surcharge to double in December 2018

Posted by Ilham Malik | on October 16, 2018 | News & Update

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

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on October 16, 2018 | News & Update

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

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on October 02, 2018 | News & Update

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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Inspection Report on the Home Office process of removal of status from migrants in the UK

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on February 08, 2018 | News & Update

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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New policy statement on relocation and support for unaccompanied refugee children

Posted by Ilham Malik | on February 08, 2018 | News & Update

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

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on January 02, 2018 | News & Update

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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UK Government provides detail on new status for EU citizen’s post-Brexit

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on November 29, 2017 | News & Update

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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The UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017!

Posted by Admin | on October 16, 2017 | News & Update

Descartes Solicitors shortlisted for a 2017 UK Diversity Legal Award! Descartes Solicitors is proud to announce the shortlisting of Evelyn Ofori-Koree for a UK Diversity Legal Award 2017. The UK Diversity Legal Awards was founded in 2009 to showcase and celebrate the excellent work being done by individuals, teams and organisations to engender greater diversity …

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May delivers third speech on Brexit

Posted by Ilham Malik | on September 28, 2017 | News & Update

On 22nd September 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her third speech on Brexit while visiting Florence, Italy. In her speech, the Prime Minister detailed the UK government’s expectations on the future relationship it will have with Europe post Brexit. The key points highlighted include: Britain wants a transition period lasting up to two years …

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Leaked Home Office Paper highlights restrictions for EU nationals following Brexit

Posted by Ilham Malik | on September 07, 2017 | News & Update

A Home Office paper titled Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union has been leaked to the Guardian. This paper sets out detailed proposals for the end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and the introduction of restrictions on EU workers including measures to drive down the number …

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Online European Economic Area (EEA) Applications

Posted by Ilham Malik | on September 06, 2017 | News & Update

EEA and Swiss nationals can use an improved and easy to use online service to apply for a registration certificate or permanent residence certificate using the EEA(PR) or EEA(QP) forms. These forms are an alternative to the paper forms that currently run to 85 pages and 37 pages respectively. The online forms were first launched …

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The right of EEA nationals’ post-Brexit and the Government’s counter-offer to the EU

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on September 06, 2017 | News & Update

On 23/06/17, the Government laid out its counter-offer to the EU regarding the rights of EEA nationals and their family members in a report entitled “The United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union, Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens Living in the UK and UK Nationals living in the UK”. In the report, it is …

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Extraordinary profit margins with respect to Home Office application fees

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on July 07, 2017 | News & Update

The annual rise in Home Office application fees means that, as at 2017, the Home Office is making a profit of up to 800% on immigration applications. These applications are predominantly submitted by families and include those who are forced to reapply further to their applications being turned down due to technicalities. An analysis conducted by …

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Changes and Charges for contacting the UK Visas and Immigration

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on June 05, 2017 | News & Update

On 1st June 2017, the UKVI (part of the Home Office) incorporated changes to the way in which customer enquiries will be dealt with. They are now handled by a new commercial partner and for customers applying from outside of the UK, this means changes and charges will apply. The main changes for customers applying …

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Brexit Update –Home Office confirms current status of EU nationals in the UK

Posted by Ilham Malik | on April 10, 2017 | News & Update

Brexit Update – Home Office confirms current status of EU nationals in the UK On 07/04/17 the Home Office published guidance advising on the status of EU nationals in the UK following the triggering of Article 50 on 29/03/17.  The Home Office confirms the UK remains a full member of the European Union (EU) until …

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Brexit e Artigo 50

Posted by Francis Junior | on August 24, 2016 | News & Update

Ápos a votação do povo Britânico para abandonar a União Europeia (UE) aos 23/06/16 o termo ‘Artigo 50’ tem sido muito referenciado nas mais diversas discussões sobre a saída. O que é o Artigo 50? O Artigo 50 refere-se ao Artigo 50 do Tratado Europeu. A união de 1993 (TUE), estabelece os procedimentos para um …

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New Pilot Scheme for Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants

Posted by Nicola Suckling | on August 11, 2016 | News & Update

New Pilot Scheme for Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants A pilot scheme was launched on 25th July 2016 with the aim of making Tier 4 student visa requirements less stringent at a limited number of universities. Amber Rudd, who replaced Theresa May as Home Secretary, put the scheme in place for the following institutions: the University …

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The status of European Union Nationals in The UK following “Brexit”

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on July 29, 2016 | News & Update

The UK Government produced a statement on 11/07/16 regarding the status of European Union (EU) nationals in the UK following the result of the UK to leave the EU. g>EU Nationals who have lived in the UK for 5 years EU Nationals who have lived lawfully and continuously in the UK for 5 years as …

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Brexit and Article 50

Posted by Ilham Malik | on July 27, 2016 | News & Update

Following the British public’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) on 23/06/16 the term “Article 50” has been referenced in most discussions regarding the withdrawal. What is Article 50? Article 50 refers to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union 1993 (TEU) which sets out the procedure for a Member state to withdraw …

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Immigration and Employment Law – what can we expect following Brexit?

Posted by Nicola Suckling | on June 27, 2016 | News & Update

Immigration and Employment Law – what can we expect following Brexit? Following the referendum on 23/06/16 many residents in the UK feel anxious and uncertain about the implications of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (“Brexit”), particularly in the areas of Immigration and Employment Law. At Descartes Solicitors we echo the Law …

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Revocation of vehicle licences for illegal licence holders

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on June 22, 2016 | News & Update

On 27/04/16, the Home Office published its guidance, ‘The Sanctions: Vehicle and licencing guidance’ on the revocation procedure of licences concerning illegal licence holders in the UK. Section 47 of the Immigration Act 2014 amended the Road Traffic Act 1988 to give powers to the Home Office to revoke UK issued drivers licences for those …

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Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme

Posted by Gunes Saybak | on June 20, 2016 | News & Update

Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme Current or Prospective UK Investors,  Entrepreneurs and other High Net Worth Individuals may also wish to consider further investment in the  Commonwealth of Dominica, a Sovereign Island country located in the Carribean Sea, under their Investment Programme. Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica? Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica (“the Pogramme”) …

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UK Immigration update

Posted by Ruken Sahin | on May 25, 2016 | News & Update

Court fees rises of up to 600% proposed On 21/04/16 the Government proposed new court fees for proceedings before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in a bid to ensure that the Ministry of Justice contributes to the effort to reduce the Government deficit. The estimated costs of running these …

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Changes Immigration Appeals

Posted by Admin | on January 08, 2016 | News & Update

The rights and grounds of appeal are one of the many areas in Immigration law, affected by the changes that came into force on 6th April 2015 and Appeal rights have been severely restricted for would be appellants under UK Immigration laws. Section 15 of the Immigration Act 2014 (‘IA 2014’), amended s.82 (rights of …

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