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Immigration update podcast, episode 89


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Welcome to episode 89 of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This month is a bit of a bumper episode, so we may hurry through some updates to keep it a manageable length, but you can read more about each item at the links below. We start with a couple of rather concerning court cases involving massive Home Office delays before turning to immigration policy. We’re then off to the Upper Tribunal to discuss a series of new decisions on family migration and the conduct of immigration appeals, before ending with a couple of quick coronavirus updates.

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The downloadable 27-minute podcast follows the running order below. Timestamps indicate when a particular section begins.


Congolese man unlawfully detained for three and a half years 

Man who won British citizenship by fraud gets to keep it thanks to Home Office inaction 

Immigration policy (6.05)

New Plan for Immigration 2: Electronic Boogaloo

The UK-India migration deal

Asylum right to work policy changed to allow (a bit) more discretion 

EU citizens’ rights (11.26)

Migrants win improved access to personal data held by the Home Office 

Court throws out challenge to digital-only status for EU citizens 

Family migration (13.59)

Sponsor changing job is not a reason to refuse a spouse visa

Windrush family priced out of UK win human rights challenge

Fresh blow to “no recourse to public funds” scheme

Appeals law (19.51)

Judges can decide after the hearing whether an out-of-country appeal is fair

With remote hearings now routine, are out-of-country appeals still unfair?

Lawyers warned not to include brand new arguments in Cart judicial reviews 

Coronavirus (25.04)

Home Office U-turn on coronavirus right to work checks

Face-to-face learning required for international students from 27 Sept 2021

(Full coverage: Coronavirus and the UK immigration system)

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.