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Court of Appeal upholds principle of exhaustion of alternative remedies in immigration judicial review

Court of Appeal upholds principle of exhaustion of alternative remedies in immigration judicial review

The Court of Appeal in Oyekan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 1352 has found that an application to seek judicial review of an immigration decision before all other remedies had been exhausted was manifestly ill-founded.

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Gillian McCall

Choosing where to get married: Fiancé(e) and Spouse Applications

Choosing where to get married: Fiancé(e) and Spouse Applications

With Christmas and New Year just out of the way and Valentines round the corner, this is the time of the year busiest with engagement announcements. For British residents with their new fiancée overseas, or for individuals from outside of the UK, who want to get married in the UK, it is important to know what your options are to get the right visa.

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Catherine Taroni

Dual British and EU nationals - Transitional Provisions Resurrected

Dual British and EU nationals - Transitional Provisions Resurrected

The new Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016 (which have mostly yet to come into force) will be amended by the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (No 1) laid before Parliament on 10 January 2017.

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Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration report on sham marriages

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration report on sham marriages

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has released a report criticising the Home Office’s approach to tackling so-called ‘sham marriages’.

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Sophia Xiang

Changes to the Appendix FM English Language Requirement

Changes to the Appendix FM English Language Requirement

On 3 November 2016, the Home Office announced changes to the English language requirement for persons applying for further leave to remain as a partner or parent on the 5-year route to settlement under Appendix FM. Introduced by Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC667. These changes are set to take effect from 1 May 2017.

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Supplementary decision letters do not undermine the rule of law, says Court of Appeal

Supplementary decision letters do not undermine the rule of law, says Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Caroopen & Myrie v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 1307 has issued fresh guidance on the way in which courts and tribunals should view so-called ‘supplementary letters’ (the Court is careful not to refer to them as ‘supplementary refusal letters’ at any point in its judgement).

Alexandra Pease

Out of Country Human Rights Appeals

Out of Country Human Rights Appeals

Section 63 of the Immigration Act 2016 came into force on 1st December 2016 (see Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1037SI2016/1037) which allows the Secretary of State for the Home Department to certify human rights appeals.

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Home Office review of Adult Dependent Relative rules

Home Office review of Adult Dependent Relative rules

The Home Office has published a new review into the Immigration Rules concerning Adult Dependent Relatives (ADR).

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Court of Appeal rules on Appendix FM suitability criteria and criminal convictions

Court of Appeal rules on Appendix FM suitability criteria and criminal convictions

The Court of Appeal in Entry Clearance Officer -United States of America v MW (United States of America) & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1273 (14 December 2016) has ruled that an applicant attempting to enter the UK under the Family Migration Rules will usually need to demonstrate "very compelling factors" for a decision to refuse entrance due to their criminal record to be overturned.

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Catherine Taroni

Supreme Court decision on section 3C: Need for rationalisation and simplification of Immigration Rules

Supreme Court decision on section 3C: Need for rationalisation and simplification of Immigration Rules
The matter of R (on the application of Mirza, Iqbal and Ehsan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 63 was heard by the Supreme Court on 19 October 2016 and the judgment of Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lard Carnwath, Lord Hughes and Lord Hodge was given on 14 December 2016.   The appealed Court of Appeal decision is here.
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Independent thinktank publishes report on status of EEA nationals in the UK

Independent thinktank publishes report on status of EEA nationals in the UK

A new report published by British Futures has encouraged the government to formalise proposals concerning the status of EU citizens living in the UK post-Brexit.

Catherine Taroni

Judicial review for EEA extended family members

Judicial review for EEA extended family members

The headnote in the Upper Tribunal decision in Sala (EFMs: Right of Appeal: Albania) [2016] UKUT 411 (IAC) states simply: “There is no statutory right of appeal against the decision of the Secretary of State not to grant a Residence Card to a person claiming to be an Extended Family Member.” Sala concerned an application for a Residence card as a durable partner. This was refused, appealed and ultimately the Upper Tribunal raised the questions whether the appellant had a right of appeal under the Regulations, and, if so, whether the judge was entitled to exercise the discretion under Regulation 17(4) himself.

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Home Office issues guidance on ‘remove first, appeal later’ in human rights appeals

Home Office issues guidance on ‘remove first, appeal later’ in human rights appeals

The Home Office has published guidance on how the new certification process will operate under the Immigration Act 2016.

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Latest ONS figures reveal work as main reason for immigration

Latest ONS figures reveal work as main reason for immigration

The Office of National Statistics has released their immigration statistics for the Year Ending (YE) June 2016.

Paul Richmond

80% increase in Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted in Q3 of 2016

80% increase in Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted in Q3 of 2016

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today reveal an 80% increase in the number of Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications approved during the period July to September 2016. Meanwhile, the number of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas granted has remained broadly the same as in previous quarters.

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Immigration Act 2016 introduces criminal sanctions for landlords

Immigration Act 2016 introduces criminal sanctions for landlords

Landlords will from today face criminal sanctions for renting to individuals without valid immigration status. Commencement Order No.2 brings into force s. 39, 40 and 41 of the Immigration Act 2016, which seek to target illegal immigrants by restricting their access to housing.

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‘Remove First, Appeal Later’ Extended

‘Remove First, Appeal Later’ Extended

Today, Commencement Order No.2 brings into force key sections of the Immigration Act 2016. The ‘remove first, appeal later’ policy is substantially extended. The Home Secretary now also has power to cancel leave which has been granted under s.3C of the Immigration Act 1971.

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ETS / TOEIC - MA (ETS – TOEIC testing) [2016] UKUT 00450

ETS / TOEIC - MA (ETS – TOEIC testing) [2016] UKUT 00450

MA (ETS – TOEIC testing) [2016] UKUT 00450 is the latest case in the string of cases involving those who have had their leave to remain or enter, refused, curtailed, or cancelled. This is generally done on the ground that, based on information from ETS, the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) had significant evidence to conclude that the test certificate was fraudulently obtained by the use of a proxy test-taker.

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U-turn on proposed immigration appeal fee increases

U-turn on proposed immigration appeal fee increases

The Minister of State for Courts and Justice has announced that the government’s proposed Immigration Tribunal fee increases will no longer go ahead.

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Changes to validity of applications and administrative review

Changes to validity of applications and administrative review

The Immigration Rules have today been amended with the aim of clarifying how to make a valid application for leave to remain, and the circumstances in which fresh evidence can be submitted in administrative review proceedings.

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19 January 2017
The Court of Appeal in Oyekan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 1352 has found that an application to seek judicial review of an immigration decision before all other remedies had been exhausted was manifestly ill-founded. ...
17 January 2017
With Christmas and New Year just out of the way and Valentines round the corner, this is the time of the year busiest with engagement announcements. For British residents with their new fiancée overseas, or for individuals from outside of the UK, who...
12 January 2017
The new Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016 (which have mostly yet to come into force) will be amended by the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (No 1) laid before Parliament on 10 January 2017. These will bring back the...
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