All Articles: Immigration rules

Kaur (Entry Clearance – date of application) [2013] UKUT 00381 (IAC)

An application for entry clearance is made on the date on which payment of the relevant fee is made. ...

12th August 2013 By

New Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules CM 8690

Comes into force today. Clarifies that Tier 4 students on post graduate courses of 12 months or longer can sponsor family member dependants. TB screening introduced for those entering from Mauritania for over 6 months and TB screening only required ...

1st August 2013 By

Divided families video

Fantastic video by Maryam Tafakory about the effect of the minimum income rule for spouses. Hat tip to Migrants Rights Network. ...

31st July 2013 By

Kaur (Patel fairness: respondent’s policy) [2013] UKUT 344 (IAC)

Short case reiterating that Home Office has to act in accordance with its policies, including that designed to give effect to the earlier Patel case on the situation of students whose college has its sponsor licence suspended or withdrawn. Outgoing Pr ...

19th July 2013 By

Divided families

Last week saw the anniversary of the miserable new family immigration rules, introduced on 9 July 2012. Heartache and anguish was predicted and has, tragically, come to pass. I attended and spoke at the demonstration outside the Home Office co-ordinat ...

16th July 2013 By

F (Para 320(8); type of leave) USA

F (Para 320(8); type of leave) USA [2013] UKUT 00309 (IAC) New reported immigration tribunal case on paragraph 320(18) of the immigration rules, one of the discretionary general grounds for refusal. The Entry Clearance Officer had failed to exercise d ...

10th July 2013 By

Akhtar (CEFR; UKBA Guidance and IELTS)

Akhtar (CEFR; UKBA Guidance and IELTS) [2013] UKUT 00306 (IAC) New reported tribunal decision on the English language requirements. IELTS scores need to be at B1 or higher even if the rules requirement appears to be A1 or higher. ...

9th July 2013 By

High Court finds minimum income rules disproportionate and unjustified

Almost exactly a year after they were first introduced, Mr Justice Blake sitting in the High Court has in a lengthy, complex and very carefully considered judgment found that the controversial immigration rules requiring a minimum income of at least ...

5th July 2013 By

New continuous long residence policy

I was recently reviewing the long residence policy for an informal advice and noticed that since I last looked at it (admittedly a little while now) it has been substantially liberalised in respect of those who have gaps in their lawful residence. Thi ...

27th June 2013 By

New evidential flexibility policy

Rumours as to the death of the ‘evidential flexibility’ policy prove to have been exaggerated. A new version was recently published. Hat tip to Adam Pipe of No 8 Chambers in Birmingham. The policy covers the circumstances in which a Points ...

26th June 2013 By

British women disproportionately affected by new immigration rules

A new Freedom of Information request has revealed that British women have been affected disproportionately compared against men by new minimum income rules for spouse and partner applications. There has been a 20% drop in the female-sponsored proporti ...

10th June 2013 By

Non disclosure of criminal convictions

With thanks to the excellent Fawzi Zuberi of Lighthouse Solicitors, I thought it might be worth flagging up an obscure, very well hidden but very useful part of the modernised guidance on General grounds for refusal. It comes at p98 onwards of a ridi ...

3rd June 2013 By

Round up

There are some detailed blog posts to come on some of the more important things that happened in the last fortnight, but for those who missed their beloved Free Movement updates here is a brief round up of developments I’ve spotted looking throu ...

21st May 2013 By

High Court rejects May’s high politics

The High Court has endorsed the controversial approach of the Upper Tribunal towards the new immigration rules on human rights. Mr Justice Sales, drawing on concessions made by the Home Office, has found that the correct approach is a two stage one wh ...

18th April 2013 By

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Chapti/Bibi on pre-entry English tests

It has been over a year since the High Court heard a challenge to the introduction of pre-entry English language tests for spouses and partners (and fiancés and proposed civil partners). It was argued in Chapti & Ors, R (on the application of) v ...

15th April 2013 By

Absence of legal aid may breach fair hearing

A batch of new Upper Tribunal cases have been approved as safe for general consumption by the reporting committee. I posted up three of them yesterday as new short-form ‘link format’ posts with no real commentary, but I wanted to highlight ...

9th April 2013 By

Evidential flexibility applies in entry clearance cases

Just a quick note to flag something up that emerged from the forum a couple of weeks ago. A friend of the blog was kind enough to share a mine of policy documents obtained by Freedom of Information request and, not only that, but the friend also OCR ( ...

5th April 2013 By

More changes to the Immigration Rules

Two Statements of Changes to bring to your attention, HC1038 and HC1039. On Monday 1 April 2013, HC1038 came into effect and can be viewed here. Far weightier are the changes contained in HC1039 which will be brought into force on Saturday 6 April 201 ...

4th April 2013 By

More Evidential Flexibility Policy instructions disclosed

A big thank you goes to Jane Heybroek of Bell Yard Chambers for persisting with her Freedom of Information request in relation to further documents concerning the Evidential Flexibility policy.  You can access the disclosure here.  The policy (but n ...

6th March 2013 By

‘Adequate’ maintenance and welfare benefits

Ahmed (benefits: proof of receipt; evidence) [2013] UKUT 84 (IAC) Useful best practice case for practitioners still dealing with old-style maintenance cases, particularly where the sponsor is in receipt of welfare benefits of some sort. ...

1st March 2013 By

May be wrong

Theresa May this weekend launched a blistering and unprecedented attack on ‘a minority of judges’, accused them of ignoring the will of Parliament by refusing to deport foreign criminals. Remarkably, she said that: A minority think it is t ...

18th February 2013 By

This instrument is drawn to the special attention of the House on the grounds it may inappropriately achieve its policy objective. House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 6th Report of Session 2012-13, Statement of Changes in Immigrat ...

17th February 2013 By

Thought for the day

“I agree with my noble friend that no area is more complex than the whole business of the Immigration Rules and the procedures surrounding them.” Lord Taylor of Holbeach in response to Lord Lester of Herne Hill, Hansard, 12 December 2012: Column ...

17th December 2012 By

More new Immigration Rules with immediate effect

Statement of Changes HC 820 was laid before Parliament yesterday, 12 December 2012, to come into effect today, 13 December 2012. You  need look no further than the fact that this is the ninth Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules this year al ...

13th December 2012 By

More new rules…

On 22 November 2012 a new Statement of Changes was laid which brings in quite a few amendments to the Immigration Rules. A large proportion of those changes are yet again to clarify, correct and/or put into place what was apparently always intended wi ...

3rd December 2012 By

Controversial new human rights rules rejected

The Upper Tribunal has rejected the Government’s attempt exhaustively to define the scope and meaning of Article 8 private and family life in the controversial new immigration rules introduced in July 2012. The case is  MF (Article 8 – new ru ...

31st October 2012 By

Important new deportation cases

On Tuesday this week the Court of Appeal handed down two important new cases on deportation. The first is Mohan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1363 and concerns the interaction of family and immigration law. The second i ...

26th October 2012 By

More on pre-entry English language challenge

In his judgment in the case of R (On the Application Of Bhavyesh & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2789 (Admin) Blake J has dismissed the latest attempt to challenge the requirement that foreign spouses learn Engli ...

18th October 2012 By

The New Deportation Rules

From 9 July 2012 the UKBA’s new rules on deportation took effect and should be retrospective, paragraph A362 stating ‘Where Article 8 is raised in the context of deportation…the claim under Article 8 will only succeed where the requirements ...

7th September 2012 By

New Statement of Changes – sigh…

Yes another Statement of Changes – HC 565 –  has been laid and (hold your breath), most of it comes into force… today!  I am grateful to Alison Harvey at ILPA, whose hard-work is truly immeasurable:  an e-mail was sent out at 11p ...

6th September 2012 By

Theresa May Qualifies a Qualified Right

  As the third in a series of blog posts on the radical new July 2012 immigration rules we turn now to the Home Secretary’s attempt to “define” the right to family and private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human ...

15th August 2012 By

New rules on long residence

As the second in a series of blog posts on the radical new July 2012 immigration rules we turn now to long residence requirements. Transitional Provisions Applications for indefinite leave to remain made under Paragraph 276B(i)(a) of the Immigration R ...

13th August 2012 By

A case of tough love

In June 2012 human rights organisation Liberty issued a briefing on the proposed changes to the Immigration Rules on spouses and partners and introduction of a minimum income threshold. The old rule required that spouses and partners show they had &# ...

8th August 2012 By

The ‘subjective’ element

A new “subjective” element has been discovered and can be found in the Immigration Appeals Family Visitor Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1532). Watch out for this worrying little element as it has the potential to restrict the appeal rights of unmarrie ...

31st July 2012 By

New Immigration Rules brought in immediately

Following the Supreme Court decisions in the cases of Munir and Alvi, as reported on this blog yesterday, the UK Border Agency has acted suspiciouslyextremely quickly: see the Statement of Changes CM 8423 dated 19 July 2012, to come into force on 20 ...

19th July 2012 By

The Case of the Lost Prerogative

View image | gettyimages.com The judgments The judgments in Munir [2012] UKSC 32 and Alvi [2012] UKSC 33 are perhaps the most important in immigration law since the Immigration Act 1971 was passed. The Supreme Court holds that the ancient royal prerog ...

18th July 2012 By

Pankina upheld by Supreme Court

[UPDATE: for more analysis see new post The Case of the Lost Prerogative] This is huge news in immigration law: the Supreme Court has dismissed the Home Office appeal in Alvi [2012] UKSC 33, upholding the earlier Court of Appeal judgment in Pankina. T ...

18th July 2012 By

The New Rules

When I attempted to read Kafka’s The Castle I gave up halfway* through on the basis that the castle K strives to reach was a metaphor for the text of the book itself, which was impenetrable. I tried to tell myself afterwards that Kafka had not w ...

9th July 2012 By

Immigration Rules Round-up: the new rules (6th April 2012) covered so you don’t have to

Theresa May announced substantive changes to the immigration rules, which would limit the number of immigrants entering the UK on the basis of marriage or having family members here. Some of the changes, coming into force on the 9th July 2012, were c ...

20th June 2012 By

New Statement of Intent on family migration

Fresh off the press is the Government’s Statement of Intent: Family Migration which proposes not just to change but to direct the way in which the UKBA and Courts decide Article 8 cases. FM has recently discussed whether it is legally permissible to ...

13th June 2012 By

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