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Immigration roundup podcast: August 2023


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Here is our August roundup and the first podcast with Sonia both leading and at the editing helm (eek!). This month we cover statistics, illegal working fines, asylum support, homeless refugees, adult dependent relatives, some EUSS updates and all things OISC. 

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The 40 minute podcast follows the running order below. Following feedback from our reader survey, we have included timestamps.

Policy (01:00)

Journalists perform a public service in exposing dodgy lawyers. But…

Twitter, Musk’s X, Threads, social media and Free Movement

Look closer: our summary of the latest Home Office statistics

Tripling maximum illegal working fines for employers to £45k per worker is a terrible idea

Asylum (10:14)

Home Office change in practice increases risk of homelessness for recognised refugees

More delays, more refusals, no ‘bad faith’: the latest trafficking statistics

What next for evacuated Sudanese nationals?

Is the Home Office unlawfully treating asylum claims as withdrawn?

High Court demands radical change to Home Office asylum support

‘Systematic and routine’ use of hotels for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is unlawful

Family (26:00)

Getting an adult dependent relative visa is hard but not impossible

EU (28:29)

Who qualifies as a “durable partner” under the EU Settlement Scheme?

Post-Brexit spouses aren’t protected by the Withdrawal Agreement, Court of Appeal confirms

Work routes (30:00)

What is the immigration skills charge?

How to apply for a religious work visa

Immigration (31:30)

No Windrush compensation for man whose ILR lapsed while imprisoned abroad

How do I become an OISC adviser?

Updated articles (35:50)

General grounds for refusal: alleged deception, false information and innocent mistakes

How to apply for a UK Expansion Worker visa

What are the financial requirements for UK spouse and partner visas?

How to make a complaint to the Home Office

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Sonia Lenegan

Sonia Lenegan is an experienced immigration, asylum and public law solicitor. She has been practising for over ten years and was previously legal director at the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and legal and policy director at Rainbow Migration. Sonia is the Editor of Free Movement.