Tag Archives: UKBA

War On Students: It’s Not Cricket

Call him what you will (some people call him plain crazy), but on student immigration London’s cricket bat wielding/football kicking mayor Boris Johnson has got things dead right: “Against illegals, yes. Against talent, no. In football as in the economy … Continue reading

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Immigration Rules Changed Again

Yet another set of changes in the immigration rules is around the corner and most of these will enter into force on 13 December 2012. To this end, Statement of changes in Immigration Rules HC 760 envisages a plethora of … Continue reading

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SSHD Required to Deal with Fresh Claims in Amended Grounds

ABC, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2825 (Admin) (25 September 2012)  It is no secret that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) makes mistakes. This case is about how the authorities breached … Continue reading

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Challenging the Restriction on Alvi’s Scope

Like its predecessor Statement of Changes Cm8423, the explanatory memorandum to Statement of Changes HC 565 expressed the government’s regret in relation to the fact that the changes to the Immigration Rules did not (yet again) comply fully with the … Continue reading

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POCA: seizure, detention and forfeiture of cash

What do two suitcases – stuffed with £10 and £20 notes totalling £50,000 – being checked-in from London to Istanbul have in common with a submission of no case to answer and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”)? Secretary of … 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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Human Trafficking, Dublin II and Certification

In AA (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 23 the Court of Appeal (Longmore and Maurice Kay LJJ, Sir David Keene) unanimously affirmed Mrs Justice Thirlwall’s decision in the High Court. From AA’s perspective, the … Continue reading

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Domestic violence and settlement: a Gujarati case

Earlier in the year the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer QC highlighted the need to tackle domestic violence (DV) – see his speech Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future. Starmer argued that the saying “it’s just … Continue reading

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Poppycock claims

Just as day two in the Quila appeal kicks off (watch here or join the discussion here or please click the twitter blackbird pie item at the end of this post), I would just like to take the opportunity to state … Continue reading

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Case Comment: SI (variation/curtailment – human rights ground) Pakistan [2011] UKUT 00118 (IAC)

This brief case makes a hulking legal point. Moreover, it illustrates the games which the UKBA “plays” with the objects of its control. Although the outcome was not in favour of SI (the appellant), the case is quite valuable because … Continue reading

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Case Comment: Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi (FC) (Appellant) v SSHD (Respondent) [2011] UKSC 23

The summarised facts of this case are that Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi (“SMK”), a national of Zimbabwe, arrived in the United Kingdom as a visitor with 6 months’ leave to enter on 30 October 2002. Subsequently, his leave was extended until … Continue reading

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Points-based system news

As of 6 April 2011 no sponsored migrant under Tier 2 (General) can be paid in cash. Moreover, restricted CoS can be applied for 3 months in advance (the earliest possible date). In paragraph 206 of the Sponsor Guidance, the … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, ECHR, Immigration Law, Immigration Rules, Post Study Work, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, UKBA | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The fee referencing number

Have you ever wondered what could possibly be more bureaucratic than a Certificate of Sponsorship and its allocation and assignment? Ever ask yourself what a “fee referencing number” is? Let me tell you. A fee referencing number is a number … Continue reading

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Tier 2 update

The 6 April 2011 changes in the immigration rules will modify Tier 2 (General) by dividing Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) into ‘restricted’ and ‘unrestricted’ categories. In the restricted category, a cap of 20,700 will be maintained and 4,200 CoS will … 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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Increased fees from April

The immigration minister Mr Damian Green has issued a statement in which he proposes to increase fees for applications to study, visit, work or stay in the UK. The government will introduce the fees by laying two separate regulations in Parliament. … Continue reading

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April rules

The government has exempted niche professions such as bankers, lawyers and other migrants with high earnings from its immigration cap ( but only if they earn in excess of £150,000 per annum). This is redolent of the top-tier of the … Continue reading

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Please don’t deport Brenda Namigadde

One would have to agree with the archbishop of Canterbury Dr Williams that the killing of Ugandan gay rights’s activist David Kato, who was murdered at his home in Mukono, Kampala after having won in court against a tabloid which … Continue reading

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Agency struggling with rules

While drafting a skeleton argument yesterday it has became apparent to me that the UKBA’s website provides an inaccurate picture of the immigration rules. Allow me to explain. The skeleton had a section on Tier 2 (General) and appendixes A, … 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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