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The emergence of the notion of the “vulnerable refugee”

By Stathis Poularakis, Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), 08 November 2017
The inability – or unwillingness as some would say – to manage the large refugee/migrant population arriving in Europe, has brought the subject of protecting only “genuine” refugees and the aversion of irregular migration at the heart of public discourse.

Ending restrictions on family reunification: good for refugees, good for host societies

By Nils Muižnieks, 26 October 2017
Many refugees have to leave family members behind when they flee their homes. This adds more hardship to the trauma of exile. Once they have found safety in Europe, being reunited with their family members is often the first priority of refugees. It takes little imagination to realise how horrible it is for them to be deprived of this possibility. Unfortunately, thousands of refugees and persons…

Changes to Minimum Income Requirements

By Danielle Cohen, 23 October 2017
On 20th July 2017 the Home Office published changes to the Immigration Rules intended to give effect to the findings made by the Supreme Court in MM (Lebanon and others v SSHD) [2017] UKSC 10 on the minimum income requirement. The new Rules came into effect on 10th August 2017 coinciding with the publication of the new Home Office guidance explaining how the changes should be applied.

Immigration Tribunal can re-open regulator's disciplinary findings

By Ben Amunwa, Law mostly, 12 October 2017
Did you know that the Immigration Tribunal can decide on disciplinary charges against rogue legal advisors? (Me neither). But a recent case sheds light on the Tribunal's powers to disagree with the regulator and decide the matter for itself. This case is about the Immigration Tribunal's little known professional disciplinary functions. It will interest all immigration advisors, many lawyers…

Budding entrepreneur or world leading talent – what type of business visa do you need?

By Latitude Law, 25 September 2017
Politicians repeatedly say that the UK is open for business, but for those trying to navigate the complicated and opaque business immigration rules, the UK can feel like a closed shop. In this blog, we consider the different categories of business visa and offer a guide to which option might best suit you. Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur applicants are those with prior business experience, or with a…

Home Office leak: an expert reviews the proposed Brexit immigration system

By Emma Carmel via The Conversation, 12 September 2017
The UK government has an in-tray piled high with tricky policy issues related to Brexit. Among the trickiest is how Britain’s rickety and complicated immigration system will manage the wholesale transformation of immigration status for millions of current and future residents.

Home is wherever the 'integration test' says it is, (for migrants facing removal from the UK)

By Ben Amunwa, Law mostly, 30 August 2017
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to the Upper Tribunal's application of the 'integration test' in the case of AS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 1284. Background Judges use the integration test to decide whether a person who is to be removed (or in criminal cases, deported) would face 'very significant obstacles' to re-integration in their country of…

What's new in the 2017 Administrative Court guide on judicial reviews?

By Ben Amunwa, Law mostly, 15 August 2017
Claimants and Defendants in judicial review claims should be familiar with this new Court guide or they could face adverse costs consequences. In this post, Law mostly gives you a comparative analysis of the key changes from last year's guide. The Administrative Court has issued updated guidance on judicial reviews. It's a helpful document that distills the entire procedure in one place.

5 things to understand about the August 2017 changes to the Immigration Rules: families, income and the MM case

By Latitude Law, 31 July 2017
Following the decision in MM (Lebanon) & Others v SSHD [2017] UKSC 10, new Immigration Rules have been drafted to explain what sources of income can be used by a family wanting to live together in the UK. Those rules are not straightforward, with some details which may still catch out a visa hopeful. With that in mind, these are the 5 things we think you should understand before the rules…
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