Tag Archives: Immigration

Welcome To The Jungle

Patel & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] UKSC 72 (20 November 2013) It seems that the controversial jurisprudential saga of impenetrable jungle law has finally been settled. In unanimously dismissing these three appeals, the UK … Continue reading

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Immigration Bill: Article 8 and Public Interest

The immigration bill has quite a lot to do with article 8 (right to respect for private and family life and one’s home and correspondence) of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is intended that the bill will speedily … Continue reading

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The Immigration Bill

Make no mistake about it. Immigration is the burning issue in the UK’s political arena. In May 2013, in setting out the legislative agenda, Her Majesty had explained that the government will bring forward a bill – ensuring that the … Continue reading

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Tribunal Unimpressed With New Rules Again: Part 1

Izuazu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2013] UKUT 45 (IAC) (30 January 2013) Lately a plethora of immigration decisions have descended upon us. All this sensational case law makes awesome reading. But it is impossible to read it all. … Continue reading

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Chief Inspector unimpressed with Agency

Last year’s border row resulted in John Vine CBE QPM (Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, “the Inspector”) being commissioned by the Home Secretary “to investigate and report on the level of checks operated at ports of entry to … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ stillborn feminism

On 8 March 2011 Mrs Theresa May bigged up her party by putatively expressing solidarity with women’s causes on the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day. With most people distracted by the ongoing debate about a “British Bill of … Continue reading

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Latest immigration statistics

Overview The latest statistical bulletin produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on immigration is a very telling document. In its latest publication the ONS has observed that: In the year to September 2010 the overall number of entry … Continue reading

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Prime Minister’s “speech”

History and political science are odd subjects. I recently posted on an Arab dictator who was universally acknowledged as a hero. But now I am forced, somewhat belatedly, to write about a leader of the western world – the British … Continue reading

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The Subject Access Request

Apologies for not having written for the past two weeks. There has been a lot of action in my native country of Pakistan and most of it has been bad of course. I’m trying to arrange another blog in relation … Continue reading

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Revised detention guidance

The UKBA has updated Chapter 31 (Detention and detention policy in port cases) of its Immigration Directorates’ Instructions (IDIs). The Agency has also revised Chapter 55 (Detention and temporary release) of its Enforcement Manual. Everyone can only hope that the UKBA can adhere … Continue reading

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The UKSC’s decision on immigration detention: Walumba Lumba and Kadian Mighty

While the earlier judgment of SK (Zimbabwe) (UKSC 2009/0022) is still pending (update: the UKSC’s decision in that case was handed down on 25 May 2011 and the latest post in that case is available here), the UKSC will yet again … Continue reading

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New UKBA fees

From  Monday 22 November the UKBA will introduce new application fees for applications for entry clearance (0verseas) and further leave to remain (in country)  for work, study or other purposes. The Agency is charging fees by setting them above the cost of … Continue reading

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English language tests for dependants

Changes in the immigration rules laid before Parliament in October 2010 will be introduced on 29 November 2010. From then on all dependants except those in the Points Based System will have to show competence in English at level A1 of … Continue reading

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Immigration cap faces judicial review challenge

The Coalition government introduced the immigration cap on 28 June 2010. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has reported that it will challenge the cap in the High Court by way of JR proceedings. The JCWI’s response to the cap … Continue reading

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Agency to axe 5000 staff

The Chief Executive of the UKBA Lin Homer announced that a further 5000 jobs are going to be axed within the life of the present Coalition government. Lin Homer’s intimation is connected to the budget cuts of about 20% for the UKBA … Continue reading

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Law Society’s views on the immigration cap

One would have to be quite stubborn and ill advised not to take gravely seriously the opinion of the Law Society of England and Wales (the society) in a legal matter. Yet the government seems determined to do just that. … Continue reading

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The UKBA and the detention of children

Detention is one of the most analysed topics in legal discourse. Detaining minors is an extraordinary step and in this country there is a very proud tradition which sets aside juvenile offenders’ trial processes in comparison to the manner and … Continue reading

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Online system apology offered by Agency

Today the UKBA has offered an apology for the fact that its online application system was down. Those of us who do sponsorship licence applications will know the hazards of the passwords which just don’t work and the logins which … Continue reading

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Tribunals to charge appeal fees

Nothing is free in the UK. In fact things are generally quite expensive and customer support and care are virtually non-existant. The fact that there is a recession on does not help matters either. And as the saying goes the … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration cap

The chair of the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP has raised a multitude of concerns in his report about the Coalition government’s immigration cap. The terms of reference of the HAC were “to examine the expenditure, administration, … Continue reading

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