Tag Archives: Migrant Workers

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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Procedural fairness fails skilled migrant in Court of Appeal

R (Topadar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1525 The uncertain outcome in the Supreme Court in R (Pathan) v SSHD [2020] UKSC 41, discussed here, was swiftly put to the test in the case … Continue reading

Posted in Appendix Skilled Worker, Article 8, Bank Accounts, Court of Appeal, Employment, Immigration Rules, Judicial Review, PBS, Procedural Fairness, Tier 2, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inaccessible new Immigration Rules are not “good law”

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has gleefully announced “After many years of campaigning, I am delighted the Immigration Bill which will end free movement on 31st December has today passed through Parliament. We are delivering on the will of the … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice, Appendix Continuous Residence, Appendix Finance, Appendix Shortage Occupation Lists, Appendix Skilled Worker, Court of Appeal, Global Talent, Immigration Act 2020, Immigration Rules, Overstaying, PBS, Settlement, Tier 2, Tier 4 | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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An Alternative to Brexit: The Judgment in Wightman

Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (C-621/18, EU:C:2018:999, 10 December 2018) Brexit is a big mess. It is “a powerful acid” and is a huge economic and bureaucratic nightmare. Going through with it in … Continue reading

Posted in Brexit, Cases, CJEU, European Union, Free Movement, Judicial Review, Scotland, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Article 8, Brexit, Citizens Directive, CJEU, ECHR, European Union, Immigration Rules, Politics, Tier 1, Tier 2, UKSC, Windrush, Working | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brexit and Appendix EU: Changes to the Immigration Rules

In his recent opinion in R O (C‑327/18 PPU, EU:C:2018:644), Advocate General Szpunar lamented that “we know that we know next to nothing about the future legal relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. … Continue reading

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Analysis: Immigration Act 2016

A hostile environment hitting wrongdoing from every angle has been in the making for a long time. The Immigration Act 2016 builds on the foundations laid by the “flagship” Immigration Act 2014. The public tends to view foreigners as stealing local … Continue reading

Posted in Asylum, Brexit, Children, Deportation, ECHR, Economy, Employment, Enforcement, European Union, Fees, Immigration Act 2014, Immigration Act 2016, Islam, PBS, Public Interest, s 55 BCIA | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Case Preview: Rahmatullah v MoD and FCO

Nabbed by British forces in Iraq – where he was seeking work – in 2004 only to be handed over to the Americans and rendered to Bagram Airbase, Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani national who grew up in the Gulf, was … Continue reading

Posted in Article 6, ECHR, FCO, Human Rights Act, Iraq, Muslims, Pakistan, Politics, Terrorism, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Deterring ‘Potential Extremists’: The BNA and the Scope of the Naturalisation Discretion

MM & GY & TY v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3513 (Admin) (03 December 2015) This damaging decision for the British government was published immediately after David Cameron slanderously accused those opposed to expanding UK … Continue reading

Posted in Afghan War, Article 14, Article 3, Article 8, Citizenship and Nationality, ECHR, Human Rights Act, India, Islam, Judicial Review, Pakistan, Politics, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

MAC Skewers Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas

The home secretary’s advisers – the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – have found that the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa route under the Points-Based System (PBS) is being used by “low quality businesses”. MAC, which consists of a publicly appointed chairman … Continue reading

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New Punishments: Immigration Bill 2015

The onslaught continues. The Immigration Act 2014 promised to root out the ills of the system but now fresh legislation has been proposed to cure things even further and the home office recently announced a welter of new (improved) anti-immigrant … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice, Appeals, Article 8, Bank Accounts, ECHR, Economy, Employment, Enforcement, European Union, Human Rights Act, Immigration Act 2014, Immigration Bill 2015, Judicial Review, Politics, Tribunals | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Alvi Argument Betrays Work Permit Holder

R (Memon) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 205 (Admin) (06 February 2015) The Memons are a fiercely business-minded people who originate in the Sindh province of Pakistan and the Indian state of Gujarat. The … Continue reading

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Defence of Illegality Inapplicable to Trafficked Nigerian Woman’s Discrimination Claim Says Supreme Court

Hounga v Allen & Anor [2014] UKSC 47 (30 July 2014) “A small claim generates an important point”, said the Supreme Court in this intriguing case regarding the circumstances in which the defence of illegality should defeat a complaint by … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal on Children’s Duty

EV (Philippines) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) [2014] EWCA Civ 874 (26 June 2014) The Court of Appeal (Jackson, Lewison & Christopher Clarke LJJ) went for overkill in this case about the best interests … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, Children, Court of Appeal, Hale JSC, s 55 BCIA, Tier 2 | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Immigration Minister’s speech

The Immigration Minister Mr Damian Green has made a rather long-winded speech on the government’s plans to reform the immigration rules in order to achieve a “sustainable” immigration policy for Britain. The full text of the minister’s speech is available … 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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