Category Archives: Working

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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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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Court of Appeal rebukes poor drafting of Immigration Rules

Hoque & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1357 (22 October 2020) The Court of Appeal has deeply criticised the “labyrinthine structure” and “idiosyncratic drafting” of the the Immigration Rules and “the confused language … Continue reading

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Skilled Workers and the new PBS 

In order to qualify for the new Skilled Worker visa, applicants must pass the mandatory UK criminality checks and will need to meet the following mandatory criteria, they must have a job offer from a licensed sponsor and they must speak English … Continue reading

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Tier 2 (General) and ‘genuine vacancy’: Court of Appeal holds that irrational PBS refusal should be quashed 

R (Suny) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1019 (19 June 2019) Irwin and Underhill LJJ recently held that the refusal of leave to remain under Tier 2 (General) to a Bangladeshi migrant could … Continue reading

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Analysis of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The crushing defeat suffered by Theresa May because of the rejection her Brexit Deal has left the UK in utter chaos. Uncertainty looms large in all spheres of UK life but the government is determined to carry through with Brexit … Continue reading

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Scottish Perspectives on Paragraph 322(5) and ILR

Oji (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSOH 127 The petitioner, or claimant, Mr Collins Oji was a Nigerian national who applied for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on 19 February 2016 along with his dependent … Continue reading

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Brexit and the UK’s future immigration system

The spectre of crashing out of the EU without a deal is sending jitters across the UK. Events have clearly shown that holding a snap poll on immigration failed to do justice to the true merits of EU membership. Last … Continue reading

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Aligning the Immigration Rules with MM (Lebanon)

Judicial review claims known as MM (Lebanon) & Ors [2017] UKSC 10 challenging the Minimum Income Requirements (MIR) under Appendix FM ended in overall disappointment for divided families. Partial success at first instance resulted in momentary jubilation. But ultimately, following … Continue reading

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EU Law and Family Unity: The Opinion in Lounes

Lounes v Secretary of State for the Home Department (C‑165/16 EU:C:2017:407) (30 May 2017) An Algerian, Toufik Lounes entered the UK as a visitor on a six-month visa in January 2010. He overstayed illegally. He formed a relationship with Perla … Continue reading

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Free Movement and Deportation: Nonjudicial Restrictions on the Right to Work are Lawful

R (Lauzikas) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 3215 (Admin) (16 December 2016) Like countless other European citizens, the Lithuanian claimant, Lauzikas, came to the UK to work the construction industry. He entered the UK in … Continue reading

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The Tier 2 (General) sponsorship licence interview

The situation in relation to sponsoring migrants to work in the UK is quite tense and the government seems hell-bent on marching on with its mad cap. Although the government has expressed its disregard for the law I just wanted to … Continue reading

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Government’s response to lost PBS review

The government has already started to whip up its rhetoric by talking tough in the face of its defeat in the High Court yesterday. Immigration Minister Damian Green has said that the “judgment will have no impact on the permanent … Continue reading

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UKBA raids restaurants

Just as I just predicted yesterday restaurants are going to be tackled quite aggressively by the UKBA post the agency’s revised summary guidance announcement (and of course there’s the infamous immigration cap). Loads more arrests will follow no doubt. But these are … Continue reading

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Agency publishes summary guidance for employers

There is so much illegal working in the UK that it really is unbelievable. And rather than do anything to enforce the law according to the standards which are safe, all the UKBA can do is issue guideline upon guideline … 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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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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Tier 1 (General) November limit reached

In July 2010 we witnessed the coalition government’s introduction of a limit on the number of initial applications that the UKBA could issue under Tier 1 (General) of the Points Based System (PBS). The limit will persist until 31 March … 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

Posted in Article 8, Dependants, ECHR, Economy, Employment, Immigration Cap, Immigration Law, Immigration Rules, Law Society, Overseas Clients, Overseas Workers, Post Study Work, Settlement, Tier 1, Tier 2, UKBA, Uncategorized, Working | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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