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Strasbourg finds Nigerian man’s deportation violated article 8

By Asad Ali Khan, 17 December 2020
Unuane v United Kingdom – 80343/17 [2020] ECHR 832 (24 November 2020): In the case of Mr Unuane, a Nigerian national, who had been deported from the UK after a conviction for offences relating to falsification of immigration documents, the ECtHR found a violation of article 8 of the ECHR…

The Skilled Worker Route - What's Changed?

By Paul Richmond, Richmond Chambers, 11 December 2020
The Skilled Worker Route opened to new applications on 1 December 2020, replacing the Tier 2 (General) route which closed on the same day. Whilst there are certain similarities between the new Skilled Worker route and its predecessor, most notably that the route is for employers to…

Home Office Earns Zero Points from Fleet Industry

By Andrea Easton, Fleet Ex, 30 November 2020
The government's new points-based immigration system is currently earning zero points from the commercial fleet industry. In fact, both the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) have warned the government that the policy could lead to the chain seizing…

Overstaying Does Not Break Lawful Residence For 10 Years Long Residence ILR

By Zoe Bantleman, Richmond Chambers, 11 November 2020
This post provides an update on the current landscape of case law addressing the continuous lawful residence requirement for 10 year long residence ILR in light of the case of Hoque & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1357. Specifically, the Court…

Asylum Research Centre publishes its major 'Comparative Analysis of US Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (2016-2019)' yielding interesting results on the reliability of reports produced by the Trump administration

By Camila Zapata Besso, 10 November 2020
The Asylum Research Centre (ARC) is an internationally recognised source of expertise that works to raise standards in the production of Country of Origin Information used by decision makers in asylum processes. Garden Court Chambers' legal researcher, David Neale, is its board member. On…

All you need to know about domestic abuse and ILR

By Reiss Edwards, 09 November 2020
If you or your children are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. You can also call the 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Anyone in an abusive relationship is in a dangerous and terrifying situation. But if you are in the UK on a Spouse…

When is it too harsh to separate a child from their parent?

By Michael Spencer, UK Human Rights Blog, 16 October 2020
HA (Iraq) [2020] EWCA Civ 1176 and AA (Nigeria) [2020] EWCA Civ 1296 There has, in recent years, been a proliferation of case law on appeals against deportation by foreign national criminals on grounds of private and family life. The statutory scheme is complex enough, but the various…

A hostile environment for immigration lawyers

By Katie Newbury, 12 October 2020
I sometimes joke that I dread telling people what I do for a living. I am of course immensely proud of my work as an immigration lawyer, but the mere mention of immigration can invite less than positive responses. I have found myself defending immigration and correcting a lot of…

How Hunger Strikes at a Detention Centre Cast Shame on UK Government Policy

By Peter Markham, Immigration Advice Service, 06 October 2020
The hysterical ways in which some sections of the UK's media report on refugees whip up a belief that Britain, compared to some of its neighbours, is being overwhelmed by a tsunami of asylum seekers. It all helps a narrative that the Home Office would like us to believe. A look at some…
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