Category Archives: Appeals

“Poorly drafted” Immigration Rules: Court of Appeal reluctantly approves “objectionable” investor visa scheme

R (Wang & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 679 (11 May 2021)  In relation to an applicant for leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant under the points-based system (PBS) required … Continue reading

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Government prevails over sexual offender in Court of Appeal

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Starkey [2021] EWCA Civ 421 (26 March 2021) In the SSHD’s appeal against a decision of the UT overturning a deportation order made in respect of Mr Deon Starkey, the Court of … Continue reading

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Terror trio triumphant in citizenship deprivation appeal

In C3, C4 and C7 v SSHD, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) agreed with the point that C3, C4 and C7 had no other nationality other than that of the UK and so the SSHD was not able to … Continue reading

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Refusal of ILR but grant of leave means no right of appeal

R (M Aleem Mujahid) v First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) [2021] EWCA Civ 449 (31 March 2021) These proceedings turned on the question where a person who is in the UK makes an application for indefinite leave to … Continue reading

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Upper Tribunal: Tanveer Ahmed remains good law

QC (verification of documents; Mibanga duty) [2021] UKUT 33 (IAC) (12 January 2021) In a panel consisting of President Lane and Vice President Ockelton, the Upper Tribunal has held as to verification of documents that the case of Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness: ECO must put suspicions of dishonesty to applicant before refusal says Court of Appeal

R (Wahid) v Entry Clearance Officer [2021] EWCA Civ 346 (25 February 2021)  Following the approach in Balajigari v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 673 (discussed here), the Court of Appeal has held that it is arguable that procedural fairness required … Continue reading

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Abduction and asylum: Supreme Court holds child named on parent’s asylum application is protected from refoulement

G v G [2021] UKSC 9 (19 March 2021)  The Supreme Court has held that a child named as a dependant on her parent’s asylum claim who could objectively be understood to have made a request for international protection had … Continue reading

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Shamima Begum: SSHD strikes back in Supreme Court 

R (Begum) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission & Anor [2021] UKSC 7 (26 February 2021)  Ms Shamima Begum was born and raised in the UK. She was a British citizen at birth and at age 15 she travelled to Syria … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal: £1,012 citizenship fee for children is unlawful

R (Project for the Registration of Children As British Citizens & Anor) v SSHD [2021] EWCA Civ 193 (18 February 2021)  The Court of Appeal has held that the SSHD failed to consider the best interests of children under section … Continue reading

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New evidence must satisfy Ladd v Marshall to justify departure from FTT decision on refugee status

R (Al-Siri) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 113 (08 February 2021) The Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s appeal against the judgment of Richard Clayton QC where he had quashed the decision of the … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal: Upper Tribunal must not speculate on facts

Lowe v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 62 (25 January 2021)  Mr Lowe, a Jamaican national, appealed a decision of the UT to reverse the FTT’s decision to allow his appeal against the refusal … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness fails entrepreneur in Court of Appeal

R (Taj) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 19 (20 January 2021)  Genuineness of intention is a key part of obtaining a visa to the UK. This appeal related to the closed (in March 2019) Tier … Continue reading

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Upper Tribunal: ‘Historic injustice’ v ‘historical injustice’

Patel (historic injustice: NIAA Part 5A) India [2020] UKUT 351 (IAC) (25 November 2020)  The Upper Tribunal (Lane J and UTJ Norton-Taylor) has imparted guidance explaining the difference between “historic injustice” and “historical injustice” and it also gave guidance on … Continue reading

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Government loses bid to lower bar for exclusion of extremists from refugee status

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v NF [2021] EWCA Civ 17 (11 January 2021)  The Court of Appeal has dismissed the government’s appeal as to the lowering of the high threshold for the engagement of article 1F(c) … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Failure to promptly notify migrant of revocation of sponsor’s licence breached duty of procedural fairness

R (Pathan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 41 (23 October 2020)  This case turned on the issue whether notice to an applicant of revocation of a sponsor’s licence in respect of his Tier 2 (General) … Continue reading

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Passports: Foreign law must be proved by expert evidence

Hussein and Another (Status of passports: foreign law) [2020] UKUT 250 (IAC)  CMG Ockelton VP has explained that (i) a person who holds a genuine passport, apparently issued to him, and not falsified or altered, has to be regarded as … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal refuses to reopen paragraph 322(5) appeal

R (Akram) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1072 (12 August 2020) The Court of Appeal has refused to reopen the appeal of a Pakistani Tier 1 (General) Migrant who had been refused indefinite leave … Continue reading

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Tribunal’s guidance on paragraph 322(5) and accountants

Ashfaq (Balajigari: appeals) [2020] UKUT 226 (IAC) (17 June 2020)  In relation to paragraph 322(5), Ockelton VP has found that (i) if the SSHD’s decision of the carries a right of appeal, the availability of the appeal process corrects the defects … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal avoids jurisdictional elephant trap costs order 

JH (Palestinian Territories) v UTIAC & Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 919 (17 July 2020) The Court of Appeal has allowed a Palestinian appellant’s appeal, and dismissed the SSHD’s cross-appeal, against an order of the Administrative Court that there should be … Continue reading

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NAO report: Home Office is not delivering value for money

The report on Immigration Enforcement by the National Audit Office (NAO) makes poor reading for the Home Office because it “does not yet have a full understanding of how its activities affect the progress those people take through each part … Continue reading

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