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"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…

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…

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. Theresa May's 'hostile environment…

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. The Court of…

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…

'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-…

Child migrants around the world are being denied their human rights

By Chrissie Gale, Jennifer Davidson & Nigel Cantwell, via The Conversation, 27 May 2019
"At 3am we were forced to leave the bus station. We were caught by the police. They asked if we had passports. We said no, we are from Afghanistan, please help us – the police drove away." Afghani refugee, 15, on meeting police in Paris. Abed – not his real name – had been in Paris after…

Family members of British citizens: the Surinder Singh route after Brexit

By Gabriella Bettiga, 13 May 2019
A set of new immigration rules applicable to European nationals – Appendix EU – has been updated on 30th March 2019 to include rules applicable to family members of British citizens who have lived in another EEA country and wish to return to the UK. British citizen who move in another…

Planning for Brexit's impact on EU labour in the retail sector

By Fletcher Day, 01 May 2019
At this point in time, it is arguably more reasonable than ever to work on the basis of "hope for the best, prepare for the worst", which, in this context, means, hope for a soft Brexit but prepare for the increasing likelihood (although not inevitability) of a hard Brexit. In retail…
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