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The right of appeal against refusal of a residence card: where are we up to?

By Jonathan Metzer, UK Human Rights Blog, 07 March 2018
One way for an immigrant to gain the right to be in the UK is by making an application under the Immigration Rules. But these applications are relatively expensive and the requirements have become increasingly stringent (e.g. in a case of a partner, the normal minimum income requirement…

Labour: shifting the narrative on migration, from hostile to humane?

By Elspeth Macdonald, Migrants' Rights Network, 27 February 2018
Last week Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow Home Secretary, gave her first major speech on immigration since the 2017 election. Migrants' Rights Network (MRN) was invited along to listen, and below we share some thoughts on what, if anything, seems to have changed. Labour values The main…

Deportation of foreign criminals: out of country appeals still lawful

By Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog, 02 February 2018
Nixon & Anor, R (On the Application of) Secretary of State for the Home Office [2018] EWCA Civ 3, 17 January 2018 The Court of Appeal has refused a judicial review application and permission to appeal in two cases where the applicants were required to pursue their challenges to…

Highly Skilled Migrants protest against the injustice of the Home Office

By Shehzad Khan, Highly Skilled Migrants, 30 January 2018
Highly Skilled Migrants have contributed massively to the British economy. We are doctors, engineers, IT professionals, lawyers, lecturers, teachers, etc. Highly Skilled Migrants have contributed over £250bn to the British economy and most of us have spent over a decade in the United…

Asylos publishes COI report on 'westernised' young males who are returned to Kabul

By Maya Pritchard, Asylos, 10 January 2018
Whilst many eagerly await the outcome of AS (Afghanistan), the country guidance case which is currently before the Upper Tribunal addressing the safety of Kabul, for the moment the key challenge in Afghan asylum cases remains getting past AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan CG [2012] UKUT…

Still Human, Still Here: Sexuality-Based Asylum Application Success

By Danielle Cohen, 08 January 2018
We represented an Appellant from Pakistan who was refused an asylum application on the basis of her being a lesbian. She claimed asylum in 2017 and came to us after her application was refused. We argued that the Appellant's account was coherent and authentic and that she gave a clear…

High Court quashes guidance on deporting EEA nationals who are sleeping rough

By Charlotte Gilmartin, UK Human Rights Blog, 03 January 2018
R (On the Application of Gureckis) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 3298 (Admin) Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets in Greater London — the figure has more than doubled since 2017. [1] This includes people…
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