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Ministry of Justice launches consultation on legal aid in asylum appeals

Many in the immigration and legal aid sectors are heartily sick of “engaging” with government departments and responding to various consultations, but I want to encourage everyone to respond to this one. The Ministry of Justice is consulti ...

22nd June 2022 By

Missing grounds not necessarily fatal to Upper Tribunal appeal application

If your asylum or immigration application is refused by the Home Office, and you have a right of appeal, your appeal will be heard in the First-tier Tribunal (FTT). If you lose your appeal at the FTT, you may be able to appeal to the Upper Tribunal. B ...

30th May 2022 By

What are the duties of an expert witness in the immigration tribunal?

Expert reports are common in asylum and human rights cases. They usually address either the conditions in the applicant’s country of origin or their physical or mental health. The duties of an expert witness giving evidence in court are well establi ...

28th April 2022 By

Briefing: invalid immigration applications

For a UK immigration application to be considered at all, it must be valid. Whether an applicant meets the criteria is a moot point if this first, fundamental requirement isn’t met. Validity is a bit like oxygen: all things being well, it is invisib ...

25th April 2022 By

Can someone who has made an invalid extension application still rely on the 14-day grace period?

How broadly does the decision in R (Afzal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 1909 protect applicants from the catastrophic consequences of becoming an overstayer after making an invalid application to extend immigration perm ...

14th April 2022 By

Immigration and nationality fees for 2022/23

The updated list of fees for immigration and nationality applications that apply from 6 April 2022 shows that most visas and extensions are up £15. Citizenship and sponsor licence rates are unchanged.  Headline application fees had been largely froz ...

7th April 2022 By