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Why there is a need for mediators in immigration situations

By Elizabeth Bilton, Midlands Dove, 19 August 2019
Mediators are generally thought of as people who can diffuse conflict (of different sorts) and guide people towards a cooperative solution to the issue which is dividing them. In a typical mediation scenario, there is neither a "winner" nor a "loser". The aim of the mediator is to find the "zone of potential agreement" in which both parties get enough of what they want for them to feel…

Unreasonable Costs in Immigration Appeals

By Jasmine Theilgaard, Richmond Chambers, 07 August 2019
Prior to 2014, it was not possible to get an award for unreasonable costs in immigration appeals. However, Rule 9(2) of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chambers) Rules 2014 changed this, stating that the Tribunal may make an order in respect of costs if a person has acted unreasonably in bringing, defending or conducting proceedings.

"Good character" issues on the way to naturalising as a British citizen

By Oxana Macovsca, Master Legal Services, 22 July 2019
You have been living in the UK for a sufficient period of time, working, developing a business, studying, paying all your taxes. You are currently in the UK possessing one of the following: permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain, settled status. You are eligible to apply for British citizenship. All these factors are definitely important, but one cannot be confident about the successful…

Unlawfully detained EU national gets damages after legal challenge blocks removal

By Ben Amunwa, Law mostly, 17 July 2019
Bringing a judicial review claim which is unlikely to be dealt with quickly may render ongoing detention unlawful, according to a Court of Appeal decision. An EEA national detainee has been awarded substantial damages following a Court of Appeal decision in R (Lauzikas) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1168.

Home Office comes under fire as allegations of institutional racism surface

By Bethany Morris, Immigration Advice Service, 05 July 2019
As refusal rates for Visit Visas continue to climb amongst ethnic minorities, the Home Office has been met with allegations of institutional racism as thousands are denied access to the UK for what have been described as haphazard and insulting reasons.

Stranded Sri Lankan father wins on Article 8 in Court of Appeal

By Asad Ali Khan, 01 July 2019
UT (Sri Lanka) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1095 (26 June 2019): Floyd and Coulson LJJ have provided an outline of the proper approach that the Upper Tribunal should take as regards immigration judgments made in the First-tier Tribunal.

How divorce can impact your immigration status

By Kerry Smith, 25 June 2019
Even when a divorce is amicable, unravelling a marriage can be a complicated process. When one of the parties has immigrated to the UK, there can be the added challenge of resolving their immigration status. Below, K J Smith Solicitors discusses how Immigration and Divorce is becoming more uncertain but what other solicitors can advise to those experiencing this blurry situation. The changing…

'Refuse first, review after'

By Samir Pasha and Naga Kandiah, 12 June 2019
What is an example of an individual contributing beyond expectations to a country? Perhaps a PhD at the prestigious Oxford University? A recent Home Office decision shows that may not be enough. The UK Home Office has in facto put in place a policy to 'refuse first, review after'. An on-going judicial review being led by Mr Naga Kandiah, highlights the depressing state of affairs for hard-working…

Asylos and ARC Foundation: The situation of trafficked boys and young men from Albania

By Maya Pritchard, Asylos, 02 June 2019
Asylos and ARC Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of their joint report "Albania: Trafficked Boys and Young Men". The report addresses a critical gap in country of origin information (COI) in the UK refugee status determination procedure. It combines relevant and timely publicly available material with new information generated by interviewing individuals with authoritative…
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