Category Archives: Judicial Review

“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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Extortionist visa application fees caused “colossal interference” with Windrush victim’s right to family life

Mahabir & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 1177 (Admin) (06 May 2021) Mrs Lynda Mahabir came to the UK as a baby aged two months in 1969. She lived in the UK until 1977 … Continue reading

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The “good character” requirement for Windrush naturalisation applicants was unlawful

R (Howard, Deceased) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 1023 (Admin) (23 April 2021)  Mr Justice Swift held in these proceedings that the government’s decision in early May 2018 to continue to apply the existing good … 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

Posted in Access to Justice, Appeals, Article 8, Court of Appeal, Curtailment, Immigration Act 2014, Immigration Rules, Judicial Review, Pakistan, Paragraph 322(5), PBS, Post Study Work, Settlement, Tier 1, Tribunals, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Priti Patel’s pathetic plan to fix the immigration system

The controversial policy statement on the government’s New Plan for Immigration CP 412 (March 2021) claims that “in the year ending September 2019, 62% of UK asylum claims were made by those entering illegally – for example by small boats, … Continue reading

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Solicitors named and shamed in another Hamid judgment

R (DVP & Ors) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 606 (Admin) (17 March 2021) Exercising the R (Hamid) [2012] EWHC 3070 (Admin) jurisdiction, Dame Victoria Sharp PQBD and Tipples J have held that solicitors … 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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SSHD succeeds against BNO in Court of Appeal

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tariq [2021] EWCA Civ 378 (16 March 2021)  In these proceedings the Court of Appeal held that Helen Mountfield QC, sitting as as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Administrative … Continue reading

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Government can retain passport without removing citizenship

R (Xhelilaj) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 408 (Admin) (24 February 2021) Mr Edmir Xhelilaj, a British citizen whose stated place of birth is now in the Republic of North Macedonia, sought judicial review of … Continue reading

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Appendix FM: SSHD cannot push parent into partner route

R (Khattak) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (“eligible to apply” – LTR – “partner”) [2021] UKUT 63 (IAC) (23 February 2021 Granting judicial review, the UT has held that an applicant is “eligible to apply for leave to … 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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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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Proof, expert evidence and credibility in trafficking cases

MN v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1746 (21 December 2020)  The Court of Appeal has decided that the two-stage procedure provided for by the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to determine whether a person is … Continue reading

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Permission to work guidance for asylum seekers is unlawful

R (IJ (Kosovo)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3487 (Admin) (18 December 2020)  The claimant, “IJ”, was a citizen of Kosovo who was determined to be a refugee and a victim of trafficking. During the … Continue reading

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An unlawful lacuna in policy is harming victims of trafficking

EOG (Anonymity Order Made) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3310 (Admin) (03 December 2020) Mostyn J has held that an unlawful lacuna in the government’s existing policy concerning the leave to remain of potential trafficking … Continue reading

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Home Office is failing potential victims of human trafficking

DA & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3080 (Admin) (13 November 2020)  In judicial review proceedings brought by an Eritrean and two Sudanese nationals who claimed to be victims of human trafficking, Fordham J held that … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal clarifies giving of curtailment notices

R (Alam) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1527 (16 November 2020)  The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals of Mr Masud Alam and Mr Masud Rana who had both appealed against the refusal of … Continue reading

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