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Brexit – what now?

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27 June 2016 Brexit – the vote to leave the European Union has, naturally, led to a lot of uncertainty.  There has been a lot of speculation and worry as to what…

What next for the appeal system?

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19 May 2016 Justice is blind, we are told, handing out her decisions impartially. That’s great, but unfortunately now she is deaf, dumb and toothless as well. As the “hostile climate”…

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Immigration Act 2016 published

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17 May 2016 The Immigration Act 2016 was published today. It is a weighty tome (236 pages) and we haven’t had time to read and absorb it all as yet, but it…

Proposal to increase appeal fees by over 500%

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25 April 2016 In a consultation that opened on 21 April 2016 and will run until 03 June 2016, the government is proposing to increase the fees charged by the…

Speculations on Brexit

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19 March 2016 We’re getting a lot of calls these days from people asking what will happen if the referendum on 23 June throws up a vote to leave the…

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More changes to the Immigration Rules

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14 March 2016 Changes to the Immigration Rules, effective 06 April 2016, were announced on Friday.  There are a number of changes coming in, but of particular significance are: Outstanding…

Application fees to increase

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Correction In a move that caught all immigration lawyers by surprise, the Home Office have announced today that the annual increase in fees will come in on 18 March this…

‘Right to rent’ scheme goes live

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From today all private landlords in England and Wales can only let their property to an adult who is legally in the UK.  This, of course, turns private individuals into…

New English language requirement from October

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A new requirement is being introduced to the family migration route – partners and parents applying for an extension of their visas after the first two and a half years…

Application fees to increase

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Every 6th of April, at the start of the new tax year, the fees for immigration applications increase, and this year is no different.  Fees across the board are going…

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to the English language requirement

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20 November 2015 The requirement for a partner to pass an English test before applying for a visa came into effect in 2010, and has caused much grief since. The rule was…

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More change is on the way

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This week saw changes announced in both nationality law and the Immigration Rules. From 12 November EEA nationals and their family members who wish to apply for naturalisation as a…

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New immigration checks

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  Continuing with the government’s stated intention to create a ‘hostile environment’ in the UK, landlords will now be forced to act as immigration policemen. From 01 February 2016 landlords…

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The Home Secretary’s speech

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Hey ho.  What can we add to what has already been said about this? Read about the unpleasant anti-immigrant rhetoric in The Telegraph.  Or see what business leaders have to…

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New paternity laws

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Until now, the people named as  your parents on your birth certificate were – well, accepted as your parents.  You took your nationality from them, and if they died intestate,…

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Workers and sham marriages

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Once upon a time EEA law gave EEA citizens living in the UK and their families considerably more rights than the families of British and settled persons, because EEA law,…

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Financial requirements – it isn’t over yet

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The current financial requirements, which require a UK based sponsor to show an annual income of £18,600 before he or she can sponsor a partner from overseas, were brought in…

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What the future holds for immigration

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If the mantra of the 1997 general election, when Labour came to office, was that things can only get better, the manta of this general election is that, for anyone affected…