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McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.

19 March 2019 James Ritchie Immigration
What is it? A new visa route announced in June 2018, and presented in the immigration white paper published in December 2018. The Start-up is designed specifically for those with an innovative business idea and appropriate commercial experience. It is one amongst many new or reformed “specialist routes” recently proposed by the Government for who they deem “highly valuable migrants and workers”.

08 March 2019 Iain Halliday Brexit & EU Migration
The Upper Tribunal recently issued a judgement addressing the rights of extended family members of EEA nationals in the UK. The case is Kunwar (EFM – calculating periods of residence) [2019] UKUT 63 (IAC).

28 February 2019 John Vassiliou Personal Immigration
In our most recent contribution to the Free Movement blog, John Vassiliou discusses why he took a client’s appeal to the media instead of the immigration tribunal for the first time in his career. 

25 February 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Immigration
In a recent post on the free movement blog, Darren Stevenson discusses the limitations of challenging Home Office decisions on the basis that they are unfair. He highlights the distinction drawn by the courts between procedural and substantive fairness. Something can be unfair without being unlawful. The consequences of immigration decision often seem very unfair, however sympathetic circumstances are, unfortunately, not enough. For a decision to be unlawful procedural unfairness or irrationality is required.

25 February 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Asylum Seekers
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to private and family life. An asylum claim, although primarily based on a well founded fear of persecution or serious harm in the applicant’s country of origin, often also includes a claim that removal would breach the applicant’s private and/or family life.

05 February 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
In our latest contribution to the Free Movement blog Iain Halliday examines the statutory considerations judges are required to “have regard to” in human rights appeals in the Immigration Tribunal.

31 January 2019 Iain Halliday Brexit & EU Migration
There’s been a lot of Brexit news this week: on Monday Parliament debated the Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill which will bring an end to EU free movement law in the UK;

31 January 2019 John Vassiliou Personal Immigration
The latest version of the Home Office’s Good character requirement guidance published on 14 January 2019 incorporates long-awaited new sections on children and refugees.

29 January 2019 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
On Monday the UK government published a policy paper entitled ‘Immigration from 30 March 2019 if there is no deal’.

28 January 2019 Jack Freeland Brexit & EU Migration
The EU Settlement Scheme opened up for a public test phase on 21 January 2019. EU citizens with a passport and their non EU family members in possession of a biometric residence permit (BRP) are now eligible to apply under the scheme. With millions of applicants now potentially eligible, we answer some frequently asked questions on the new settled status scheme.

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