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Immigration roundup podcast: January 2024


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Colin and I have rounded up January 2024. We cover the government’s claims to have cleared the ‘legacy’ asylum backlog and look at the three backlogs that have replaced it. We discuss the latest in an increasingly long list of cases in which the Home Office has behaved poorly. Also covered are gender based asylum claims, new rules for business visitors, care homes both losing and keeping their sponsor licences, as well as an interesting case on detention and the Illegal Migration Act.

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The 30 minute podcast follows the running order below.

Asylum (00:26)

⁠Reduction in asylum backlog achieved mainly through withdrawals and questionnaires⁠

⁠The inadmissibility process and the three new asylum backlogs⁠

⁠High Court reminder in age assessment challenge of the importance of providing papers on time⁠

⁠Briefing: evidence and arguments in asylum claims based on gender-based violence⁠

⁠CJEU: Women who are victims of gender-based violence can qualify for refugee status⁠

⁠The Home Secretary’s unlawful secret policy to withhold leave to remain from victims of modern slavery⁠

⁠Concessions for applicants to the Hong Kong BN(O) route who are on immigration bail or have withdrawn their asylum claim⁠

Points based system (11:48)

⁠High Court quashes Home Office decision to revoke another care home’s sponsor licence⁠

⁠Care home operator loses ability to sponsor overseas workers after compliance failures⁠

⁠More flexibility for business visitors from today⁠

⁠Dates confirmed for changes to income thresholds for family and skilled worker visas⁠

⁠Tax residence in the UK: when do people become liable for income and capital gains tax?⁠

⁠Appendix Children: which routes does it apply to and what are the requirements?⁠

Detention (18:18)

⁠High Court grants bail to person detained under new Illegal Migration Act powers⁠

⁠High Court quashes Home Office policy of delaying release of vulnerable detainees to get a second medical opinion⁠

Family immigration (23:00)

⁠How to avoid the minimum income requirement for partners under Appendix FM⁠

⁠Webinar: Exceptional circumstances in family-based immigration applications⁠

EU Settlement Scheme (25:38)

⁠Changes to treatment of some late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme in new guidance⁠

Updated (27:45)

⁠Briefing: The duty to safeguard children in need and their families at section 17 of the Children Act 1989⁠

⁠What are the immigration rules for settled returning residents of the United Kingdom?

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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.