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18 July 2019 Iain Halliday Blog
Earlier this week a cross-party group of MPs published a highly critical report on the Home Office’s treatment of visit visa applicants from Africa. The report was issued jointly by three All Party Parliamentary Groups: the APPG for Africa; the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration; and the APPG for Malawi. It forms part of an ongoing inquiry into the high level of visa refusals for Africans seeking to visit the UK for professional or business reasons. I gave evidence to their inquiry back in January 2019 and was asked to review and comment on a draft of the report prior to publication.

17 July 2019 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
 If you are an EU citizen or the family member of one, who wishes to remain in the UK after Brexit, you must make an application through what is known as the EU Settlement Scheme. Doing so will grant you either 'settled status' or 'pre-settled status', depending on how long you have resided in the UK. In this blog, the settlement scheme process will be broken down into three stages.

15 July 2019 Iain Halliday Blog
Last week I covered the important case of Rehman (EEA Regulations 2016 – specified evidence) [2019] UKUT 195 (IAC) for the Free Movement blog. The case concerned the Home Office’s attempt, through the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016, to implement a mandatory application process, with mandatory documents, for EEA applications. The Tribunal held that, although EU law allows administrative procedures to be put in place to ensure consistency, they cannot go beyond what is strictly necessary to establish the relevant right of residence under EU law.

02 July 2019 McGill & Co Blog
  In our latest contribution to the Free Movement blog Iain Halliday considers the case of Bhavsar (late application for PTA: procedure) [2019] UKUT 196 (IAC), a case which concerned the procedure in the First-tier Tribunal when an application for permission to appeal is received after the 14 day deadline.  The Upper Tribunal held that the correct approach in such cases is for the First-tier Tribunal to refuse to admit the application rather than considering and refusing permission to appeal. The applicant will then have another opportunity to explain the reason for the delay in their application to the Upper Tribunal.

01 July 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Blog
Those wishing to apply for a UK visa from overseas often encounter difficulties trying to navigate through the myriad of submission procedures. It is essentially a two-stage process; starting with making an application online through the GOV.UK website, and finishing by providing the necessary documents and biometrics through one of the Home Office’s outsourced commercial partners, VFS Global or TLScontact. This post is the first in a series focusing on the second stage of the process, beginning by taking a look at what countries these commercial partners operate in and explaining how they work.

26 June 2019 John Vassiliou Asylum Seekers
  The UK offers two main types of protection to people who successfully claim asylum: refugee status and humanitarian protection. Both are valid for 5 years and provide broadly the same entitlements, so what are the differences between two?

19 June 2019 Grace McGill Blog
International students will be familiar with the strict rules governing what they can and cannot do during their visa term in the UK for example, the general prohibition on self employment, work related activity and starting a business. The Graduate entrepreneur visa route provided graduates (although there were certain exemptions) with the opportunity of pursuing employment if officially endorsed as having a genuine and credible business idea by: the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of the elite global graduate entrepreneur programme (Sirius); or a UK higher education institution (HEI) if it is an authorised endorsing body.

17 June 2019 Grace McGill Blog
In our latest contribution to the Free Movement blog Iain Halliday examines a recent Court of Appeal decision addressing the high threshold those resisting deportation need to meet. The case provides a good example of the type of circumstances, in this case the psychological damage the applicant’s child would suffer if his father was deported, which will satisfy the courts that this threshold has been met.

06 June 2019 Grace McGill Blog
  eGates are now open to passport holders of the following countries: Australia; Canada; Japan; New Zealand; Singapore; South Korea; United States of America.

05 June 2019 John Vassiliou Blog
  One of the requirements for British citizenship is that a person satisfies the Secretary of State that they are of “good character”. But what does it mean to be of “good character”? In this short interview podcast with CJ McKinney at Free Movement, we take a closer look at the test and the most recent version of the Home Office’s policy guidance on this.

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