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Amnesty pledge to fight for LGBTI asylum seekers’ rights (13 December 2016)

Amnesty has said in a statement that it will stand by LGBTI asylum seekers and fight for their rights.   Read more...

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Immigration Minister welcomes Uruguay into Registered Traveller Service scheme (23 November 2016)

UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has welcomed changes in the Registered Traveller Service scheme, which will enable visitors from Uruguay to apply to join the scheme and enjoy faster entry to Britain at the UK border.  Read more...

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Charity calls for end to mistreatment of medical evidence for torture survivors seeking asylum (22 November 2016)

The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture – Freedom from Torture – has said in a new report that Home Office asylum caseworkers disregard or mistreat expert medical evidence of torture and make clinical judgements about survivors’ injuries that they are not qualified to make.  Read more...

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New chair of Migration Advisory Committee (21 November 2016)

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appointed Professor Alan Manning as the new chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).  Read more...

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Change of Circumstances: Priority Service for Tier 2 & 5 Sponsors (14 November 2016)

The Home Office have recently introduced a Priority Service for A-Rated Sponsors.   Read more...

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A persistent battle against Immigration test fraud continues (10 November 2016)

The ‘TOEIC’ (Test of English for International Communication) uproar began in 2014 when the SSHD (Secretary of State of the Home Department) made a decision to cancel particular individuals’ visas. These individuals had leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the grounds that they had obtained their English Language qualification certificate by means of fraud. The SSHD were only particularly interested in those who had sat the TOEIC examination.
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Tier 2 UK Immigration Rules - Are You Ready for the Changes? (9 November 2016)

New decisions and changes in Immigration Law show no signs of slowing down. Within the field of Immigration, we have been hit by staggering increases in Immigration tribunal fees, the landmark High Court ruling regarding Article 50 and detention curfews imposed by the Home Office being deemed unlawful.  Read more...

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Six months in jail for arranging illegal entry into the UK (7 November 2016)

A Leicester man has been jailed for six months, after he pleaded guilty to arranging the illegal entry into the UK of two Iraqi nationals from France.  Read more...

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Government to strengthen safeguarding for refugee children in UK (3 November 2016)

Edward Timpson MP – who was appointed Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at Department for Education in July 2016 – has said that the government is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and providing help for those in genuine need of international protection.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council expands target for resettling refugees (1 November 2016)

Cambridge City Council has announced that it is expanding its target to welcome 100 refugees, including people from Syria, as part of government schemes to resettle people from war torn countries.  Read more...

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Gang sentenced to more than 52 years for “sham marriage” immigration scam (27 October 2016)

Wolverhampton Crown Court has jailed 11 people, after they were found guilty of facilitating and participating in sham marriages between European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and non-EEA nationals.  Read more...

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New court fee proposals risk less access to justice for those who need it most (26 October 2016)

It is important that specialist legal advice is sought with immigration applications due to ever-changing policy and legislation. Failure to do so often leads to refusals and complex appeal circumstances.
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Kingston Council calls for more private landlords to help resettle Syrian refugees (18 October 2016)

Kingston Council has resettled a second family of Syrian refugees in the borough, after a campaign to find private landlords with suitable accommodation for refugees.  Read more...

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UK and French governments to cooperate in dismantling Calais migrant camp and tackling illegal immigration (12 October 2016)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have issued a joint statement reaffirming their cooperation in dismantling the migrant camp at Calais – and working together to tackle the migrant crisis and illegal immigration.  Read more...

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The triggering of Article 50: who decides? (10 October 2016)

Mucking along doesn’t always work. We pride ourselves in the United Kingdom on thriving without a written constitution or code. We are better than that apparently, a nation of pragmatists and deal-makers, unfettered by text. The powers of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary are balanced by a series of precedents and ‘Gentlemen’s Agreements’ (conventions). The events of 23 June have jerked us out of our smuggery. No-one knows what to do. There is no precedent. It is up for grabs. Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (‘TEU’) allows any member state to withdraw from the Union ‘in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.’ Meanwhile, Theresa May has announced that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017. Can she be so sure?  Read more...

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Disqualification for restaurant director who employed illegal workers (4 October 2016)

The director of a restaurant who hired illegal workers has been banned from holding a directorship for seven years.
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Wolverhampton set to become City of Sanctuary for refugees (3 October 2016)

Wolverhampton organisations have attended an event to promote a national movement seeking to build a network of towns and cities offering hospitality to people seeking sanctuary in the UK.  Read more...

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UK helps tackle migrant crisis by supporting jobs and education in crisis zones (26 September 2016)

The Prime Minister has pledged that the UK will tackle some of the drivers of mass migration, with new humanitarian funding to help address poverty, insecurity and conflict.  Read more...

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UK and Germany agree to tackle terrorism and migration pressures (23 September 2016)

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has discussed counter-terrorism, security and migration with Germany^s Interior Minister Dr. Thomas de Maizière in Berlin.  Read more...

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Immigration fees on the rise but Law Society objects a ‘setback for justice’ (21 September 2016)

British Government has recently announced an increase of immigration fees with the Law Society rejecting the proposal of ‘punitive rises’ which may lead to a ‘huge setback’ for justice.  Read more...

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Prime Minister sets out strategy for tackling modern slavery and human trafficking (21 September 2016)

Theresa May has called for international action to eradicate modern slavery worldwide and tackle human trafficking.  Read more...

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12-year disqualification for director, after investment company fails to supply diamonds (20 September 2016)

The director of a coloured diamonds investments company has been disqualified for 12 years, after the company failed to supply any diamonds to investors.  Read more...

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Professional bodies call for government to secure access to skills in construction industry post Brexit (19 September 2016)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) says that the government needs to ensure the UK has access to a skilled workforce post Brexit – or risk a crisis in the construction industry.  Read more...

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Oldham councillor disqualified for employing illegal workers (15 September 2016)

An Oldham Councillor has been disqualified as a director after an investigation found he had allowed his company to employ illegal workers.  Read more...

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East Midlands Councils pledge 950 places for Syrian refugees (12 September 2016)

East Midlands Councils have pledged 950 places for Syrian refugees in more than 21 local authority areas in the East Midlands, for the duration of the government programme to accept 20,000 refugees from camps along the Syrian border.  Read more...

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Immigration Minister opens new passport office in Durham (5 September 2016)

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has opened a new passport office in Durham.  Read more...

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£6,000 penalty for Islington resident who provided unregulated immigration advice (5 September 2016)

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has taken action against a man who provided unregulated immigration advice to clients.  Read more...

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Renewing Your Tier 4 Sponsorship Licence (30 August 2016)

The time is upon us where various education institutions will be actively taking steps to ensure compliance to renew their Tier 4 Sponsorship Licence after the 4 year period. Most, if not all Sponsors should be receiving a reminder email or letter by the Home Office a few weeks before the expiry date. And let’s face it; we rarely open correspondence from the Home Office with a smile.  Read more...

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ONS figures show majority of migrants come to the UK to work (30 August 2016)

ONS figures estimate that net migration to March 2016 stands at 327,000 – net migration is the difference between immigration and people emigrating from the UK.  Read more...

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Restaurant directors disqualified for employing illegal workers (30 August 2016)

A total of nine people have been banned from holding directorships, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found that the directors of several restaurants were employing workers illegally.  Read more...

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Shropshire’s first Syrian refugees “settling in” (25 August 2016)

Shropshire County Council has announced that the first five Syrian refugee families are resettling into local communities in the county and are starting their new life in Shropshire.  Read more...

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New digital visa application service launched globally (22 August 2016)

The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration have launched a new digital visa application service globally.  Read more...

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Lambeth Council “ready to accept child asylum seekers” under the Dubs scheme (22 August 2016)

Lambeth Council in south London has become the first council to pledge support for a scheme to support refugee children – and has joined calls for the government to provide enough funding for the programme to reach its potential.  Read more...

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Jail for people smugglers who tried to traffic man into UK via Channel Tunnel (17 August 2016)

Canterbury Crown Court has jailed a man and woman who attempted to smuggle an Albanian man into the UK via the Channel Tunnel in January this year.  Read more...

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12-month Community Order for unregulated immigration adviser (15 August 2016)

An unqualified immigration adviser from Bury in Lancashire has pleaded guilty to providing illegal immigration advice and services at Bury Magistrates’ Court.  Read more...

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£1.2m fund from EU to support ethnic minority and migrant communities in Wales (12 August 2016)

The Welsh Assembly has announces a £1.2 million EU project to support ethnic minority and migrant communities.
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Birmingham spends £4.7m on 44 affordable new homes, in new development partnership (9 August 2016)

Birmingham City Council is to build 44 new affordable homes at King’s Norton, in partnership with developer Westleigh and Viridian Housing.  Read more...

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22 years for woman who trafficked women and children to Europe to work in sex trade (9 August 2016)

A woman who trafficked women and children from Nigeria to Europe and threatened to use “juju” magic against them has been sentenced to 22 years in jail.  Read more...

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Coventry accepts more Syrian refugees than any other local authority (8 August 2016)

Coventry has been revealed as the local authority leading the way in helping Syrian refugees in Britain, after a report was published calling for more to be done across the UK.  Read more...

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Government report calls EU response to migrant crisis “too little too late” (3 August 2016)

A new report by the Home Affairs Committee says that EU action to address the migrant crisis in Europe has been “too little, too late” – with the EU-Turkey agreement “a partial solution at best”.  Read more...

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Modern Slavery campaigners attend roundtable with Home Secretary (2 August 2016)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton have met campaigners to outline new government action to end modern slavery.  Read more...

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The degrading restriction on an asylum seeker’s right to work (1 August 2016)

Most asylum seekers arrive in the UK to escape their country of origin for fears of persecution, where the idea of state protection is unrealistic and or internal relocation is a possibility. Many have no intent or motive to come to the UK and only consider where they will be safe away from their perpetrators. They hope for a better future but instead, some spend their years in the UK stuck in an inefficient administrative process, in receipt of minimal support and suffering from emotional stress as a result of their traumas coupled with their inability to ever return to a life of normality.   Read more...

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UK and EU “letting down unaccompanied child migrants” (1 August 2016)

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has said that unaccompanied child migrants are being let down by EU member states.  Read more...

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Prime Minister announces £33m of aid budget will go towards defeating modern slavery (1 August 2016)

The Prime Minister has pledged that the UK will continue to lead the drive to eradicate modern slavery, both in Britain and overseas.  Read more...

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£3,000 penalty for provided unregulated immigration advice (29 July 2016)

A community television presenter who offered unregulated immigration advice has been ordered to pay a fine of £1,200 and compensation of £1,125, plus costs.  Read more...

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Report criticises lack of clarity on immigration policies post-Brexit (28 July 2016)

The Home Affairs Committee publishes its first quarterly report of 2016, scrutinising the work of the Home Office Immigration Directorates.  Read more...

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Conditional discharge for Birmingham man who offered unregulated immigration services (28 July 2016)

A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to six charges of offering unregulated immigration advice and services between April 2012 and October 2015.  Read more...

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Jail for unqualified immigration adviser (26 July 2016)

Southwark Crown Court has sentenced a woman found guilty of offering unregulated immigration advice to three jail terms, to be served concurrently.  Read more...

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Community sponsorship scheme launched for refugees in UK (20 July 2016)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a community sponsorship scheme for refugees in the UK – the Home Secretary launched the scheme with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.  Read more...

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Home Office cannot lawfully require foreign nationals to state to officials from their home country that they are willing to return (19 July 2016)

The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of JM (Zimbabwe), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1773 (Admin) saw Duncan Lewis Public Law & Immigration Solicitors James Packer and Kate Newman represent a Zimbabwean national claimant who was subject to deportation from the UK and placed in immigration detention immediately on the expiry of his sentence in May 2013.  Read more...

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Hartlepool hosts project on how immigration has shaped the community (15 July 2016)

Hartlepool Council is staging a new project for young people to explore how immigration has shaped the town’s character and fortunes.  Read more...

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After Brexit Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – What does it all mean? (14 July 2016)

When David Cameron signalled his intention to resign on the morning of the 24th June, he said that he would leave the task of triggering Article 50 to his successor. The decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal process of leaving the EU will be for the new Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May. The UK remains a member of the EU throughout this process, and until Article 50 negotiations have concluded. Mrs May has previously confirmed that she will not trigger Article 50 before the end of this year.  Read more...

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FCO clarifies rights and status of EU nationals following EU referendum result (13 July 2016)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a statement saying there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK – or UK nationals in the EU – as a result of the EU referendum.  Read more...

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Chinese Visitors Spending Spree Lifts UK High Streets (11 July 2016)

The British population having decided to leave the European Union by voting in favour of Brexit. The immediate aftermath of the UK referendum has created a global wave of uncertainty to our economy, social and political landscape.  Read more...

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Welsh Assembly reassures EU students that they are still welcome following Brexit vote (11 July 2016)

Welsh Assembly (WA) Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has set out how those from across the EU studying at universities in Wales are still “valued and wanted” members of the education community, following the outcome of the EU Referendum.  Read more...

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UNISON calls on government to reassure EU workers in NHS that jobs are safe (11 July 2016)

UNISON is calling on the government to reassure workers from the EU employed in the NHS that their jobs and futures are not under threat as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU).  Read more...

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Guildford Council starts welcoming refugees under the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme (5 July 2016)

Guildford Council has announced that the borough has welcomed its first refugee family as part of the UK government^s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme – with a second family expected shortly.   Read more...

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Government launches voluntary transfer arrangement between councils for unaccompanied children seeking asylum (4 July 2016)

The Home Office and Department for Education have launched a new voluntary transfer arrangement between local authorities for the care of unaccompanied children who arrive in the UK and claim asylum.  Read more...

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Is this the end to Charter Flights to Kabul? Probably not (30 June 2016)

It all began at the end of February 2015.

The Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriations, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi (a name that I will never forget) met activists and politicians from different countries and boldly said since the departure of international forces, there had been a resurgence in Taliban activity and that now 80% of the country (all but three provinces) were now unsafe. He gave his opinion that removals to Afghanistan from European Countries should be suspended in the light of the deterioration in the security situation. Minister Balkhi asked the attendees to use their contacts to put lobby for the cancellation of two upcoming charter flights, one from Norway on 15 March 2015 and one from the United Kingdom, on 10 March.  Read more...

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European Court of Justice rules UK can withhold benefits to EU migrants without right to reside (30 June 2016)

On the 14 June 2016, the European Court of Justice made a judgement in the case of the European Commission v United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Regulation (EC) No 883/2004) Case C-308/14.   Read more...

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LGBTI – Another Vulnerable Group Failed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (30 June 2016)

There are two fundamental concerns regarding the detention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The first is that these types of asylum claims are inherently complex and as such are not suitable for detention; the second is that detention is not appropriate due to the discrimination and abuse LGBTI persons are subjected to in detention and the persecution they have often experienced which forms the basis of their asylum claim.   Read more...

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The Art of Making the Perfect Bundle (30 June 2016)

Court bundles, although perhaps not the most titillating of topics, are a key component in litigation. If made properly, and available in good time, a bundle has the potential to imbue a Judge with confidence that you have considered and prepared your case with competence. Once the trial is over and all the submissions have been made, your bundle remains with the Judge as he/she considers their Judgment. If the Court fails to be impressed with your bundle, there is the potential for censure, the making of adverse costs orders against you, or your firm being named and shamed.  Read more...

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Home Office immigration and national security adviser to head up EU unit (30 June 2016)

The government has announced that the Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office Oliver Robbins will head up the EU unit in the Cabinet Office, which will consider the UK’s options for its relationship with Europe outside the EU.  Read more...

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Brexit – I am an EU Citizen living in the UK – What are my options? (27 June 2016)

The results for the EU Referendum are out and the people of Britain have voted by a narrow majority to leave the EU. With both sides of the campaign acknowledging this to be a ‘historic’ day for very different reasons, many EU citizens living and working in the UK will be concerned about what the future now holds for them.
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Birmingham welcomes final group of refugees under current Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme (27 June 2016)

Birmingham City Council has announced that it has welcomed a family of four from Syria as part of its refugee resettlement programme.  Read more...

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The Fight Continues Against the ETS TOEIC Fraud Allegations (16 May 2016)

The ^TOEIC^ uproar began in 2014 when the Secretary of State of the Home Department made a decision to cancel particular individuals^ visas; who had leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the ground that they received an English Language qualification on a ^TOEIC^ certificate by fraud.  Read more...

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Immigration Bill receives Royal Assent (16 May 2016)

The Immigration Bill has received Royal Assent, introducing a series of reforms to further crack down on illegal migration.  Read more...

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Treasury publishes reasons why EU membership benefits UK’s financial services sector (16 May 2016)

HM Treasury research has shown that membership of the EU benefits the UK’s financial services jobs – with access to the EU Single Market being “a significant factor” in the UK becoming a major global financial centre.  Read more...

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Jail for former solicitor who provided unlawful immigration advice (12 May 2016)

A former solicitor who provided unlawful immigration advice has been jailed.
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ONS report shows more NI numbers issued to short-term EU visitors (6 May 2016)

A new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that an alleged discrepancy between official figures for the number of EU workers coming to the UK and the number of National Insurance numbers (Ninos) issued can be explained by the number of EU workers who come to the UK for a short period only.  Read more...

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Global summit confirms UK as “leading Western hub for the Islamic financial sector” (3 May 2016)

The government says that a global Islamic finance summit in Manchester has confirmed the UK as a leading Western hub for the Islamic financial sector.  Read more...

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Court of Appeal Grants Permission for Appeal for 11 Appellants to join Refugee Sponsor in the UK (29 April 2016)

In recent decision, the Court of Appeal has granted permission to 11 appellants represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors in an appeal against refusal of entry clearance to join their refugee sponsor, who is their oldest sibling and legal guardian, now residing in the UK.  Read more...

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Court of Appeal Grants Permission for Appeal for 11 Appellants to join Refugee Sponsor in the UK (29 April 2016)

In recent decision, the Court of Appeal has granted permission to 11 appellants represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors in an appeal against refusal of entry clearance to join their refugee sponsor, who is their oldest sibling and legal guardian, now residing in the UK.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence and fine for unregulated immigration adviser (29 April 2016)

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has imposed a fine and suspended sentence on a woman who pleaded guilty to providing unregulated immigration advice.  Read more...

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£30,000 fine and disqualification for hiring three illegal workers (27 April 2016)

The director of an Indian restaurant has been disqualified from holding a directorship for six years, after he was found to be employing three illegal workers.  Read more...

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Director of Indian restaurant disqualified for employing illegal workers (25 April 2016)

The owner of a West Sussex Indian restaurant has been disqualified from holding the position of director for six years, after he was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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UK to send team of immigration experts to Greece as part of EU/Turkey deal (25 April 2016)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has confirmed that as part of the UK’s contribution to EU/Turkey deal on migration, the government is offering to deploy a team of experts to Greece, to help deal with the large numbers of migrants travelling from Turkey to the continent.  Read more...

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Home Office announces 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant women detained under Immigration Act (19 April 2016)

The Home Secretary has announced that the government intends to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women detained under the Immigration Act.  Read more...

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Disputed Nationality - a Sociolinguistic Approach (18 April 2016)

In this article Joanna Sherman of the Duncan Lewis Immigration department discusses a recent appeal in the First Tier Tribunal where UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) disputed the nationality of an individual who claimed to be a Palestinian refugee born in Syria.  Read more...

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Aid and refugee agencies slam Britain for not doing enough to tackle refugee crisis (18 April 2016)

A group of 13 aid and refugee agencies has said that the UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world^s most vulnerable people, who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty.  Read more...

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Bride jailed for participating in “sham marriage” to flout immigration law (14 April 2016)

Wolverhampton Crown Court has sentenced a bride who took part in a bogus marriage to 16 months in prison.  Read more...

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UK urges global response to end human trafficking and modern slavery (13 April 2016)

The Home Office is urging global action to end modern slavery – and the trafficking of vulnerable people which fuels the illegal practice.  Read more...

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First Syrian refugees to arrive in Staffordshire are resettled (5 April 2016)

Staffordshire County Council has announced that the first refugees to be accommodated in Staffordshire as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS) scheme have arrived in the county, with a total of ten people –a family of four and a family of six – being resettled.  Read more...

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Government announces changes to Tier 2 Visas to protect British workers (29 March 2016)

The government has announced reforms to the skilled worker visa, to protect job opportunities for UK residents and reduce UK businesses’ reliance on international recruitment.  Read more...

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UK will not give “free visas” to Turkish citizens as a result of EU agreement over migrants (21 March 2016)

The Prime Minister has made it clear that the EU agreement with Turkey on how to tackle the migrant crisis will not involve the UK offering free visas to Turkish citizens in return.  Read more...

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Birmingham director disqualified for employing illegal workers (15 March 2016)

The director of a Birmingham-based cooked foods wholesaler has been disqualified from acting as a director for seven years after hiring illegal workers.  Read more...

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Manchester director banned for employing illegal takeaway workers (14 March 2016)

The director of a Manchester takeaway has been disqualified from holding a directorship for six years, after she was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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Bogus immigration adviser ordered to repay £55,789 under POCA (10 March 2016)

A man convicted of offering unregulated immigration advice has been asked to repay £55,789 under a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Confiscation Order.  Read more...

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Amnesty calls on EU to fast-track refugees and asylum seekers “as a matter of urgency” (8 March 2016)

Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik, has said that Europe has “an absolute duty” to protect refugees fleeing war zones – and must fast-track “significant, unconditional resettlement” of refugees and asylum seekers “as a matter of urgency”.  Read more...

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Brake on benefits not likely to deter EU workers, says think tank (7 March 2016)

Independent think tank Migration Watch UK has said that the “emergency brake” on benefits for new EU workers arriving in the UK might not have a significant impact on immigration because half of new arrivals from the EU are single – and a further one-quarter are couples without children.  Read more...

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UK countries unite to tackle global people trafficking (1 March 2016)

The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Scotland^s Lord Advocate and the Public Prosecutor for Northern Ireland have signed an action plan committing their respective organisations to work together, to react to the changing nature of people trafficking around the world.   Read more...

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New changes to visa fees to apply from mid-March (29 February 2016)

New legislation introduced in January 2016 to set the maximum amounts the Home Office can charge for visa, immigration and nationality applications over the next four years will come into force on 18 March and 6 April for the Isle of Man.  Read more...

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Director of Leicestershire clothing firm disqualified for employing illegal workers (24 February 2016)

The director of a Leicestershire clothing company has been disqualified from holding a directorship for seven years, after he was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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Four years in jail for human trafficking and modern slavery offences (23 February 2016)

Hereford Crown Court has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to human trafficking offences to four years in prison.  Read more...

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Craven District Council chosen as pilot authority in North Yorkshire’s refugee resettlement programme (15 February 2016)

Craven District Council in North Yorkshire is set to become a pilot authority for the resettlement of Syrian refugees across the county.  Read more...

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UK has succeeded because of immigration, says Prime Minister (10 February 2016)

David Cameron has announced a draft agreement on reform of the UK’s membership of the European Union, highlighting four areas where reform might be needed.   Read more...

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Immigration Health Surcharge extended to Australian and New Zealand nationals (8 February 2016)

The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge is to be extended to Australians and New Zealanders who spend more than six months in the UK.  Read more...

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Birmingham welcomes second group of refugees from Syria’s camps (1 February 2016)

Birmingham City Council has announced that the city’s second group of refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme arrived on Wednesday (27/01/16).  Read more...

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New report suggests “Brexit” might lead to UK attracting more skilled workers (28 January 2016)

A new report by Migration Watch UK has found that a British exit from the EU could reduce net migration by 100,000 a year – but might also lead to more skilled workers coming to the UK.  Read more...

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£30m to support refugees arriving in Europe in winter (26 January 2016)

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £30 million support package for refugees arriving in Europe in winter.  Read more...

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£20m fund to help new migrants speak English (19 January 2016)

The Prime Minister has announced a £20 million fund to ensure that men and women who come to the UK on spouse visas learn how to speak English.  Read more...

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Changes to new visa, immigration and nationality application and service fees (13 January 2016)

The government has announced proposals for new visa, immigration and nationality application and service fees for 2016-2017.   Read more...

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Worcestershire council leaders to make formal bid to take Syrian refugees (11 January 2016)

Council leaders across Worcestershire have agreed to make a formal bid to the Home Office to relocate Syrian refugees across the county.  Read more...

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Home Office to launch two-year visitor visa for Chinese nationals (7 January 2016)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has announced a new, two-year visitor visa for Chinese nationals, to be launched by the Home Office on Monday (11/01/16).  Read more...

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Over 3,770 Migrants Have Died Trying to Cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015 (5 January 2016)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that, more than 3,770 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015 – making last year the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Immigration

Essex County Council pledges help to Syrian refugees (4 January 2016)

Essex County Council leader Councillor David Finch has said that the county will continue to play its part in supporting Syrian refugees arriving in the UK.  Read more...


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