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Criminal convictions and other signs of poor character can, unsurprisingly, negatively affect applications for leave to enter or remain in the UK. Those caught out by these rules over the years include former boxer Mike Tyson, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, Tyler, the Creator and perhaps OJ Simpson. By...

15th September 2023
BY Colin Yeo

In what seems to be a prelude to the introduction of the use of ionising radiation (x-rays) for non-medical reasons on children, the government has published the Justification Decision (Scientific Age Imaging) Regulations 2023. There is also a draft explanatory memorandum containing a statement by the Secretary of State for...

14th September 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

Rishi Sunak’s visit to Delhi for the G20 has prompted more reporting on the UK India free trade agreement, where negotiations have apparently been slowed down by Indian requests for more visas. I worked for the Home Office between 2003 and 2011 and as an Assistant Director covered policy relating...

14th September 2023
BY Ian Robinson

The Secretary of State will reduce judicial oversight of detention and increase her detention powers when more of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 comes into force on 28 September 2023. Those and other changes set out in the Illegal Migration Act 2023 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2023, published last night,...

12th September 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

The government was granted permission to appeal in the Rwanda litigation in July. This post provides an update on the current state of play ahead of the Supreme Court hearing. You can read Free Movement’s coverage of the Court of Appeal’s judgment here and here.  In essence, the Court of...

12th September 2023
BY Jed Pennington

Who are you? What do you want? To find out, we are running another reader survey. Long-time followers of Free Movement may remember that we’ve done this several times in the past. More specifically, in 2013, 2016 (online and email), 2018 and 2020. We’ve taken action on the back of...

11th September 2023
BY Colin Yeo

Immigration Case Worker  Edinburgh  Full Time  Welcome to a very different kind of law firm. One that recognises its success is down to its people. Where you can relax and be yourself. Be inspired by your talented work colleagues. Where you’ll feel part of a dynamic team. Where, right from...

11th September 2023
BY Free Movement

We are a bit behind the times this month, catching up from the summer. This time Sonia and I cover not one but two statements of changes, the Illegal Migration Act, asylum withdrawals, the massive increase in fees, several legal updates on the rights of EU citizens and a load...

8th September 2023
BY Colin Yeo

A new statement of changes has been published along with the explanatory memorandum and a written statement from the immigration minister. The biggest change is the removal of administrative review from decisions made under the EU Settlement Scheme. Many of the changes are minor technical or drafting changes. It is...

7th September 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

This post is intended for refugees (including those with humanitarian protection), their families and their friends trying to understand the rules on refugee family reunion. The requirements to be met are fairly straightforward and simple for children and partners who existed at the time the refugee fled their country of origin. These...

7th September 2023
BY Colin Yeo

The Home Office may no longer be able to meet the rules it currently relies on to use the international aid budget to support people in their first year in the UK if the government brings more of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 into force. This is according to a...

6th September 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

Spouses and partners of British citizens or people settled in the UK can apply for a visa to join or remain with their loved ones. These applications are dealt with by the Home Office under the immigration rules. Specifically, the part of the rules that applicants need to navigate are...

5th September 2023
BY Gabriella Bettiga

With the number of asylum claims on the rise across Europe and around the world, the discussion on safe routes for people seeking asylum is not unique to the UK. I thought it would useful to look at what processes other countries have in place for receiving refugees aside from...

4th September 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), which regulates immigration advisers who are not practicing solicitors, barristers or Chartered Legal Executives, is consulting on a new code of standards. The OISC was brought into being by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 at the same time that a new criminal...

1st September 2023
BY Colin Yeo

The role Kids in Need of Defense UK (KIND UK) is a collaboration between four award-winning, UK based not for profits that specialise in children’s immigration and asylum law. We partner with lawyers and law firms across the UK to provide the highest quality legal advice and representation for free...

1st September 2023
BY Free Movement

Making a mistake on an immigration application form can be disastrous. If the mistake is interpreted by officials as an attempt to mislead or deceive, the application may be refused. If the application was for entry clearance, it can also lead to a ten-year ban on re-entry to the UK....

31st August 2023
BY Colin Yeo

Organisation  Description Persian Advice Bureau is a registered charity assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees since 2015. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality results and are looking for committed and highly driven candidates. Job Overview An opportunity has arisen for a Level 2 IAAS Immigration Senior Caseworker with Supervisor...

30th August 2023
BY Free Movement

The Home Office is reported to have reduced the notice period a successful asylum seeker is given to leave their asylum accommodation once they have been granted refugee status. It was 28 days and now it is reported to be just 7 days. If so, this just isn’t enough time for...

30th August 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

Adult dependent relative visas have one of the highest refusal rates of all immigration routes. Between 2017 and 2020, 96% of applications were refused. In this article I look at why these applications often go wrong and what you can do to try make them go right. This is not...

29th August 2023
BY John Vassiliou

Immigration Advisor OISC 2 Based: Luton / hybrid Salary: £18,600 pro rata (£31,000 FTE) Hours:  22.5 hours per week Fixed term until 31-03-24 We are recruiting a part-time Immigration Advisor to deliver complex case work across our operational footprint which includes the east of England. You will have experience of...

25th August 2023
BY Free Movement

About us:  The Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL) is one of the largest immigration and asylum advice charities in the UK, supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to access justice. An OISC level 3 accredited organisation, we represent clients at all stages of the immigration...

25th August 2023
BY Free Movement

The UK Expansion Worker visa is part of the Global Business Mobility route. It enables overseas businesses seeking to expand into the UK to temporarily assign senior managers and specialist employees, including business owners, to the UK to establish a British operation. Opening on 11 April 2022, it replaced the...

25th August 2023
BY Nichola Carter

Today is the latest publication of quarterly statistics on various parts of the immigration and asylum system, covering the period April to June 2023. The Home Office summary page is here but in my view their summaries should be used with some caution depending on what you are looking for....

24th August 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

We’re Hiring! This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious immigration solicitor to join a dynamic and fast-growing law firm. Eversage Associates Limited (Eversage) is a modern law firm specialising in UK-bound immigration. We work on a wide range of immigration applications, with a particular focus on corporate work. Our...

24th August 2023
BY Free Movement

Following the outbreak of the conflict in Sudan earlier this year the UK government evacuated thousands of people. This included a number of Sudanese nationals, some of whom were single parents accompanying their British children. What their current entitlements and next steps are is unclear.   There is no published...

23rd August 2023
BY Katherine Soroya

The latest trafficking statistics show a huge increase in both refusals and delays, suggesting the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 had had a disastrous impact on the protection of survivors of modern slavery. Most of the trafficking provisions of the legislation came into effect on 30 January 2023. Changes were...

22nd August 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan

The Appendix FM minimum income requirements for spouse and partner visas can catch out even those with enough money to meet them. Having the money only takes you so far: the income must come from a specific source, must be calculated in a certain way, and specified evidence must be...

21st August 2023
BY Jack Freeland

…some parts of the rules relating to the EU Settlement Scheme are so difficult to comprehend that it is at least arguable that they lack the clarity of law. An aspect of the definition of a ‘durable partner’ contained in Annex 1 of Appendix EU (definitions) is one such example. ...

18th August 2023
BY Nath Gbikpi

Summary of the role We are a market-leading niche immigration law firm based in Nottingham City Centre, and we are looking for a IAAS Senior Caseworker with responsibility for an active and complex asylum caseload involving all aspects of asylum work including unaccompanied minors, adult asylum claims, fresh claims, extension...

17th August 2023
BY Free Movement

Bill Gates once said that your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. If the same applies to the Home Office staff who have the unenviable job of fielding complaints about their colleagues from irate migrants and their lawyers, their enlightenment must rival that of any Renaissance polymath....

16th August 2023
BY Alex Piletska

A claimant wrongly given a deportation order couldn’t benefit from the Windrush Compensation Scheme because his indefinite leave to remain had already lapsed, the High Court has held in R (on the application of Thompson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWHC 2037 (Admin). The compensation scheme...

11th August 2023
BY Deborah Revill

JOB TITLE:                         Senior Immigration Caseworker (Statelessness)    LOCATION:                        Asylum Aid Office (London) RESPONSIBLE TO:            Statelessness Project Supervisor CONTRACT:                       Permanent, part-time (22.5 hours per week) (possibility of up to full time – 37.5 hours per week) SALARY:                              £34,000 p.a. (pro rata) BENEFITS:                         27 days holiday (pro rata) plus 4% matched pension contribution START DATE:          […] ...

11th August 2023
BY Free Movement

I was away on holiday when the Daily Mail published its article with allegations of serious misconduct by immigration solicitors. It is a shocking article and accompanying video. The Solicitors Regulation Authority agrees and has intervened at three of the four named firms, closing them down for further investigation. You...

10th August 2023
BY Colin Yeo

This is an exciting opportunity to change the legal landscape for unaccompanied children in the North West who are in need of immigration legal advice and representation in relation to their claim for asylum in the UK. We have received 2 years funding from the North West Local Authorities through...

9th August 2023
BY Free Movement

The so-called summer is upon us. The final rush of judicial jottings to precede their holidays has abated. The silly season rush of confected immigration stories has begun. The weather is terrible. Time has slowed, particularly for those of us with children off school. I’m recently back from my annual...

9th August 2023
BY Colin Yeo

We have been flagging up concerns about the Home Office use of withdrawals for a couple of months now. We have covered the changes to the immigration rules relating to the withdrawal of asylum claims that come into effect on 7 August 2023, and published a briefing on withdrawals. The...

8th August 2023
BY Sonia Lenegan
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