Category Archives: Immigration Rules

‘Integration’ Calls for a Broad Evaluative Judgment

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Kamara [2016] EWCA Civ 813 (11 August 2016) It is nearly impossible to find an immigration judgment at the Court of Appeal level that does not mention any case law at all. … Continue reading

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Children and the Seven Year Itch

R (MA (Pakistan) & Ors) v UTIAC & Anor [2016] EWCA Civ 705 (07 July 2016) The divergence of views on what is or is not important about the 7-year rule means that nothing really makes sense anymore. Unsurprisingly, there … Continue reading

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Article 8 and Precariousness: Appendix FM in Supreme Court

These days the Immigration Rules are full of riddles. Applying a gloss on article 8 of the ECHR, wide-ranging rubric under the existing rules incorporates high legal tests such as “insurmountable obstacles”, “exceptional circumstances”, “compelling circumstances” and “exceptionality”. Such phrases dictate the … Continue reading

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‘Unduly Harsh’ is an Ordinary English Expression

MM (Uganda) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 450 (20 April 2016) These proceedings are about two foreign criminals, a drug dealer (MM, a Ugandan) and a fraudster (KO, a Nigerian). They pour … Continue reading

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Dependent Relatives and Leave to Remain: A Glimmer of Hope?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Begum [2016] EWCA Civ 122 (03 March 2016) The inception of the new rules meant that in-country dependent relative applications were abolished so that net migration could be reduced to the … Continue reading

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Article 8 and MIR: Appendix FM in Supreme Court

Despite stiff competition from other cases, these appeals have got to be the showdown of the year. Tearing through the UK’s social fabric the country’s immigration rules are a minefield and have been producing more than their fair share of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Pre-entry English Tests Are Lawful

R (Ali and Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 68 (18 November 2015) Language, the most common human currency and form of expression, has become central to the great cultural tug-of-war unfolding in British society … Continue reading

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