April 2018

Canadian woman’s experience proves scandal extends beyond Windrush

A woman who lived, worked and raised a family in the UK for 44 years was told to leave because she was deemed irregular. The Guardian reported on Margaret O’Brien’s case  — who left her native Canada in 1971 to settle in Britain. Her case is significant because it proves the Home Office’s hostile treatment […]

New conviction shines spotlight on unregulated ‘immigration advice’

A company director was fined 600 pounds for illegally giving immigration advice. Tariq Hussein, director of Immigration Assistance Services Ltd., pleaded guilty to three charges of providing immigration advice while not being qualified to do so. Details of the case can be found here.  While Hussein was charged for illegally providing immigration advice to companies,

Senior judge calls UK immigration rules ‘a disgrace’

Court of Appeal judge Stephen Irwin called the UK’s immigration rules “something of a disgrace,” in his speech on the complexity and obscurity in the law. Speaking at the Professional Negligence Bar Association on 17 April, Judge Irwin used immigration law to illustrate how the complex drafting of laws can be made even more difficult

Home Office scraps right to remain provisions for Turkish nationals on business visas

Turkish nationals can no longer apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) through a visa scheme which had existed since 1973. The government announced that it will not accept applications made after 16 March. This means that 12,500 people and their dependents, who entered the UK with the expectation that they would be eligible

Migration Observatory publishes concerns over settled status for EU citizens

The Migration Observatory published a report on the UK government’s proposed scheme to give EU nationals in the UK a “settled status” post-Brexit. The report covers the government’s principles laid out for the system and the challenges in its implementation.  The report reviews existing research and publications and includes input from stakeholders.  It also identified

Child refugees have the right to bring family, EU court rules

The European Court of Justice ruled last week that unaccompanied child refugees who arrive in Europe have the right to apply for family members to join them. Refugee minors also retain the right to family reunification even if they become adults during the asylum process.   The full court ruling can be found here. The case

New team to handle Windrush cases, said Home Office

The government announced that a new team has been set up to deal with so-called “Windrush cases” today, as news that the Home Office destroyed thousands of landing cards recording Windrush citizens’ arrival in the UK came to light.  According to the Guardian, the Home Office decided to destroy disembarkation cards – dated back to the

128 Answers needed on EU citizens in post-Brexit UK

European citizens rights group, The 3 Million, lodged 128 questions to the Home Office regarding the status of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom after Brexit. Previous reports have flagged that issues surrounding the EU citizens’ residency and settled status remain unresolved, with children – whose status is dependent on their parents’ – being

Campaign wins government U-turn on hostile environment in schools

According to the Guardian: Campaigners are claiming victory amid reports that the government is to back down on a controversial requirement that schools must collect data on their pupils’ nationality and country of birth. The campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC), which has fought against the policy since its introduction in September 2016, welcomed

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