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The Ankara Agreement - Turkish Business Persons and Workers (20 December 2018)

Under the Ankara Agreement European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) a national of Turkey may apply to enter or stay in the UK to establish and run a business, and, in certain circumstances, for an extension of leave to continue employment in the UK. The Ankara Agreement dates back to 1963 with an Additional Protocol in 1970.  Read more...

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How to ensure your immigration application is valid (18 December 2018)

It is important when submitting an immigration application to comply with all the requirements. The implications of not making a valid application can have disastrous consequences which could lead to you becoming liable to detention and removal as an overstayer. Moreover, this could also have an adverse effect on future applications.   Read more...

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Home Office introduces new in-country visa application process – what you need to know (12 November 2018)

On 2 November 2018 the Home Office published and announced a new system of submitting in-country visa applications. Here we detail exactly what you need to know about the system and how we can assist in your immigration matter.   Read more...

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced changes to immigration process ahead of Brexit at Conservative Party Conference 2018 (5 October 2018)

At the beginning of this month I wrote on Labour’s proposals to immigration policies in their conference held in Liverpool. This week, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed the Government’s proposals concerning new immigration policies set to come into force ahead of Brexit.   Read more...

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Highly skilled migrants fighting paragraph 322 (5) still await an end to the debate (18 September 2018)

I wrote in June with the promise that the government was going to overlook the implication of paragraph 322 (5) of the Immigration Rules; however, since then the debate has remained in the House of Commons, as of yet there have been no indication of any amendments to this paragraph.   Read more...

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Universities UK urges Government to reinstate Post-Study Work Visa (17 September 2018)

In 2012, changes to the UK immigration policy, spearheaded by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, saw the end of Post-Study Work visas for international graduates at UK universities. The Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa was a way for international graduates from UK universities to get work experience in the UK before making the decision to return to their home country, or apply for another UK visa, such as a work permit.  Read more...

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Shaw Report on Immigration Detention: A Review (21 August 2018)

Patrick Page, senior caseworker in the Duncan Lewis’ Harrow Public Law Team, and editor of No Walls, takes a look at some of the salient aspects of Shaw 2.0, rounding off with an assessment of the statement made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid which accompanied the report’s release.   Read more...

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Changes to the Immigration Rules (19 July 2018)

The Government has recently announced the changes to the Immigration Rules affecting a number of categories. The government aims to provide protection and support to those who are most vulnerable by encouraging highly talented students and workers to the come to the UK. This was recently demonstrated in changes to immigration rules.   Read more...

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The Judgment is in: Unaccompanied Minors are now eligible for Legal Aid (19 July 2018)

Just as the Law Society brings a challenge against the government for cuts to criminal defence work under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 at the High Court, in another judicial review, the challenge is over. Legal aid is to be restored for unaccompanied minors and separated children following the judicial review brought by The Children’s Society in their five year campaign.  Read more...

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Doctors and Nurses to be removed from the Tier 2 Visa Cap (17 July 2018)

The Home Office recently announced new plans to make it easier for doctors and nurses who are able to come to the UK to work.   Read more...

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Windrush citizens do not need legal aid says justice secretary (29 June 2018)

According to Justice Secretary David Gauke, Commonwealth immigrants caught up in the Windrush scandal do not need legal aid to help them resolve their immigration status because the Home Office will be able to help them.   Read more...

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Government spent £52m on deportation flights to the Caribbean prior to Windrush scandal (29 June 2018)

According to figures provided by immigration minister Caroline Nokes, nearly 1000 flights were booked to deport people to the Caribbean between 2015 and 2017 before they were halted in the wake of the Windrush scandal.   Read more...

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Strict Immigration Law Restricting NHS Doctor Recruitment (9 May 2018)

Doctors from outside of the EU are required by law to be registered to work in the UK. They must obtain a Licence to Practice if they wish to continue their profession in the UK and exercise various legal privileges associated with the profession, such as writing prescriptions and signing death certificates. The regulatory body that registers doctors is called the General Medical Council (GMC).  Read more...

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Are You Part of the Windrush Generation? (1 May 2018)

Empire Windrush was originally a passenger liner and cruise ship launched in Germany in 1930. She was given to the United Kingdom as a prize of war.   Read more...

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Good Character Requirements for British Citizenship (19 April 2018)

When a person applies for British citizenship, the Home Office must be satisfied that the applicant is of good character. This requirement applies to any person, ten years or older, who puts through an application for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen.   Read more...

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Protecting your Status as we head for Brexit (12 February 2018)

As Theresa May Pushes for Brexit and the government refuses to guarantee the rights of EU citizens and their dependents in the UK, there is uncertainty about what immigration controls the government will put in place following a possible Brexit in March 2019 and what may follow.  Read more...

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Rights of EU Citizens Living in the UK – December 2017 (13 December 2017)

Following months of uncertainty, on Friday 8th December 2017, the Home Office clarified the position for European nationals living in the UK for when the United Kingdom (UK) formally exits the European Union at 11pm on the 29th March 2019.   Read more...

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Autumn Budget 2017 – Update for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrants (24 November 2017)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Autumn Budget to Parliament on the 22nd November 2017. A whole range of announcements were laid out and some of the key summaries can be found here.  Read more...

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British man given leave to remain in the UK after Home Office mix-up (1 September 2017)

Shane Ridge, a British- born man, has been issued an apology from The Home Office after they sent him a letter directing him to leave the UK or risk a fine of £5000 and a potential prison sentence.  Read more...

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8,500 Syrian refugees now resettled in UK (30 August 2017)

New figures from the Home Office show that more than 8,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme  Read more...

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Children’s Society calls for reinstatement of legal aid for vulnerable migrant children (24 August 2017)

The Children’s Society has warned that vulnerable migrant children who are in the UK alone are facing a punishing combination of cuts to help with legal costs and skyrocketing Home Office fees, as they struggle to resolve their complex immigration cases  Read more...

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Seven-year disqualification for restaurateur who employed illegal workers (31 July 2017)

An East Sussex restaurateur who employed workers not legally allowed to work in the UK has been disqualified for seven years  Read more...

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FCO announces temporary UK visa office in Maldives for students coming to Britain to study (25 July 2017)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced that UK visa applicants in the Maldives will be able to apply for their UK visas in Male at a temporary Visa Application Centre (VAC)   Read more...

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Report finds Home Office delays and denials are leaving asylum seekers in abject poverty (25 July 2017)

A recent report by Refugee Action has revealed the extent of asylum seekers being wrongly denied emergency support from the Home Office, despite being legally entitled to it, with families being left in abject poverty and facing homelessness as a result  Read more...

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Home Office announces £1m funding to help communities support Syrian refugees (19 July 2017)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced £1 million in funding to help communities support refugees fleeing the war in Syria  Read more...

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Jail for human trafficker who tried to smuggle 22 people into UK (18 July 2017)

A people smuggler has been jailed after admitting trying to travel through Harwich International Port with 22 Afghan nationals hidden in the back of his lorry  Read more...

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London restaurateur disqualified for seven years for immigration and tax offences (13 July 2017)

The director of eight Chinese restaurants operating across London has been disqualified from acting as a director for seven years, after he was found to be employing illegal workers and also failed to pay taxes due to HMRC  Read more...

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The Home Office announces a 12-month immigration amnesty for Grenfell victims, leading many to question whether 12-months is long enough to heal (11 July 2017)

The Home Office has recently announced that a 12-month immigration “amnesty” will be granted to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. A government publication, ‘Grenfell Tower immigration cases (guidance on handling cases involving survivors and other individuals directly affected by the fire)’, was published for Home Office staff on 5th July 2017  Read more...

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Polish nationals sentenced for modern slavery offences (20 June 2017)

Leeds Crown Court has jailed three Polish nationals for modern slavery offences, after they trafficked workers to the UK and forced them to live in poverty and fear  Read more...

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JCWI preparing to challenge roll out of Right to Rent scheme across rest of UK (1 June 2017)

A challenge to the government’s Right to Rent scheme by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has launched a crowd-funding scheme, as the government proposes to roll out Right to Rent to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland  Read more...

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Independent think tank supports access to UK jobs market for highly skilled workers post-Brexit (25 May 2017)

Independent think tank Migration Watch UK has said that a major benefit of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to control net migration from the EU – currently around 160,000 people every year  Read more...

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UNICEF report shows five-fold increase in refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010 (22 May 2017)

UNICEF has said that there has been a five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010 – a record high  Read more...

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Slough taxi drivers and operators on board to help identify and report modern slavery or human trafficking (19 May 2017)

Slough Borough Council has said that taxi and private hire drivers and operators in the borough are to be issued with information about identifying and reporting modern slavery  Read more...

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Syrian families host cultural event in Welsh town of Ystradgynlais to increase awareness of their culture (25 April 2017)

Powys County Council has said that Syrian refugees settling in the area have hosted a cultural event in Ystradgynlais, to raise awareness of their culture, religion and food  Read more...

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Asylum seekers repeatedly housed in the poorest parts of Britain (20 April 2017)

An analysis of Home Office Data undertaken by the Guardian has revealed that 57% of all asylum seekers housed by the government are housed in the poorest third of Britain  Read more...

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London Mayor says EU nationals must not be used as “bargaining chips” in Brexit negotiations (27 March 2017)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling on the Prime Minister to give an immediate “cast iron” guarantee to EU nationals that they can stay in the UK post Brexit  Read more...

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Mayor of Hackney calls for Dubs scheme to remain open (21 March 2017)

The Mayor of Hackney has called for the Dubs scheme for child refugees to remain open and has criticised claims that local councils have not offered to help  Read more...

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London landlord fined for running unlicensed HMO (15 March 2017)

A landlord who ran an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Hampstead, northwest London has been prosecuted by Camden Counci  Read more...

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London Assembly supports motion to allow more child refugees into Britain (15 March 2017)

The London Assembly has agreed a motion calling on the London Mayor Sadiq Khan to pressurise the government into reversing its decision on child refugee numbers and adhere to the Dublin convention in the name of Humanity  Read more...

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Prime Minister asserts that refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach (15 March 2017)

The Prime Minster has given a Statement to Parliament on the March EU Council meeting and next steps in preparing to trigger Article 50  Read more...

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Homelessness charities are reporting non-UK rough sleepers to the Home Office, resulting in their removal from the UK (10 March 2017)

In London, more than 50% of rough sleepers are not from the UK and last May the Home Office circulated a new guidance on removing rough sleepers who are not UK nationals   Read more...

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Immigration Income Barrier ruled as Legal (8 March 2017)

The long awaited judgement in the Supreme Court case of MM & Others in relation to the minimum income requirement (MIR) for partner/spouses was handed down on 22 February 2017  Read more...

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Immigration procedures for children and young people “not child friendly” – and lack of Legal Aid may place them at risk (6 March 2017)

The Migrant and Refugee Children's Legal Unit (MiCLU) says that undocumented children are falling through bureaucratic, legislative and systemic cracks because the immigration system is not child friendly  Read more...

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EEA doctors working in NHS feel insecure about immigration status following Brexit vote (2 March 2017)

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said that as it stands 25% of NHS doctors are from overseas and the government, the NHS and the public need to value and support all NHS staff, wherever they are from  Read more...

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Hard Brexit may affect housing sector, as figures show one in four London construction workers is from the EU (28 February 2017)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned of the negative effects of a “hard” Brexit on recruiting skilled migrant workers, after new figures show that nearly 100,000 of London’s construction workers originate from the EU  Read more...

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Home Offices figures show more than 5,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in UK since October 2015 (24 February 2017)

New figures from the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration department show that more than 5,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the UK under the government’s vulnerable persons resettlement (VPR) scheme since October 2015  Read more...

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Hounslow Council still supports Dubs Amendment to bring refugee children to Britain (20 February 2017)

Hounslow Council has said it supports other London councils’ responses to the government’s decision to suspend the Dubs Amendment under which unaccompanied refugee children were allowed into Britain  Read more...

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Overseas students at Durham University’s International Study Centre are welcomed by Stockton Council (20 February 2017)

Stockton Council on Teesside has said that Durham University’s decision to open a new International Study Centre (ISC) in Stockton-on-Tees is a “great boost” for the borough  Read more...

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Directors of restaurant banned for six years for employing illegal workers (16 February 2017)

The directors of a restaurant in Kingston, Surrey, have been disqualified from running a company for six years, after they were found to be employing illegal workers  Read more...

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Director of Indian restaurant banned for seven years for employing illegal workers (15 February 2017)

The director of an Indian restaurant in Hampshire has been disqualified for seven years for employing illegal workers  Read more...

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“Comprehensive and co-ordinated approach” needed to tackle the issue of migration to Europe (8 February 2017)

The Prime Minister has told a summit of the European Council in Malta that a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach is needed to the issue of migrants trying to reach Europe to escape civil war in their own countries.  Read more...

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Alert issued over genuine migrant charity targeted by fraudsters making fake charity appeals (19 January 2017)

The Charity Commission has issued a warning for the public to be aware of fake charity appeals to help migrants.  Read more...

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Government immigration adviser leads crackdown on workplace exploitation (9 January 2017)

A former government immigration adviser has been appointed to lead a crackdown on exploitation in the workplace.  Read more...


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