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The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently given its ruling in a case that questioned the UK’s EEA family permit provisions.

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, has accused David Cameron of "beating up" EU immigrants, suggesting his plans to curb immigration of poorer Europeans to Britain to work legally as politically motivated. The Prime Minister's proposal comes ahead of a potential British referendum to decide whether the country should stay or leave the UK.

The UK Prime Minister's plan included EU migrants being prevented from claiming in-work benefits for four years; preventing migrants from claiming child benefit for dependents who live outside the UK; and deporting migrants from the UK if they remained jobless after six months of living in the country.

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted a rise in migration registered in OECD countries after several years of decline, which it says is being caused by an increasing number of people moving within the European Union.

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The beneficiaries of international protection in the European Union (EU) often face excessive red tape when seeking to reunite with their families, according to a new report from the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and the Red Cross EU Office.

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JO and Others (section 55 duty) Nigeria [2014] UKUT 517 (IAC)

(1) The duty imposed by section 55 of the Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the decision-maker to be properly informed of the position of a child affected by the discharge of an immigration etc function. Thus equipped, the decision maker must conduct a careful examination of all relevant information and factors.

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We are delighted to announce that Thomas Aitken has successfully completed pupillage with Richmond Chambers and has now joined our team of practising immigration barristers. Thomas has over 10 years' experience working on immigration, asylum and nationality cases, with a particular interest in cases involving human rights, European law and challenges to decisions of the Home Office by way of appeals and applications for judicial review.

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If you are a senior employee of an overseas business that is seeking to establish a commercial presence in the UK, you may qualify to live and work in the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business.

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If you wish to set up or invest in a business in the UK, you may qualify to live and work in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur.

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In R on the application of Aliyu and another v SSHD [2014] EWHC 3919 (Admin) the Claimants were sisters who arrived in the UK from Nigeria aged 11 and 10. At the date of hearing the Claimants were 22 and 21 years old respectively.

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The Office for National Statistics has recently published its Migration Statistics Quarterly Report for the year ending June 2014.

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On 16 October 2014 the Home Office published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The new Immigration Rules came into force on 6th November 2014, introducing a number of changes to the business immigration categories, including: Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (ICT), Tier 2 (Sportsperson), Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting), Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme), Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Business Visitor categories.

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On 6th November 2014, the Home Office published new Immigration Rules which have introduced a number of changes to the business immigration categories. One of the most important changes for employers to be aware of is that the Home Office now has power to conduct checks to ensure that advertised vacancies are "genuine". This change affects applications under both the Tier 2 General and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer categories.

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Around 818,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU28 Member State in 2012, according to recent figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This is an increase of 4% compared with 2011.

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The British Ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood, together the Irish Ambassador, Paul Kavanagh, have announced a joint visa initiative between Ireland and the United Kingdom to assist Chinese visitors.

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A 24 hour visa service that aims to attract more investment in Britain is to be extended, the Government has announced.

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The Home Office has today (11 November 2014) launched an open consultation with the public over proposed amendments to the Code of Practice about the sanctions for non-compliance with the biometric registration regulations issued by the Secretary of State under the UK Borders Act 2007.

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With the new Immigration Rules for Tier 1 Investor visa applications in force from today, 6 November 2014, much has already been written about the widely anticipated increase in the investment funds requirement from £1 million to £2 million. However, the new Immigration Rules also introduce other, less widely publicised, changes which must be anticipated by new investors. In this article we focus on the new requirements for the maintenance of investment.

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Immigrants coming to the UK from other EU countries have had a positive impact on the UK economy, according to a newly published report.

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In R (on the application of Jennifer Kerr) v. SSHD IJR [2014] UKUT 00493 (IAC) the applicant was a citizen of Jamaica who entered the UK in May 2001 as a visitor. She had remained in the UK unlawfully following the expiry of her visitor visa. On 24 September 2011, she married her husband, a British citizen. About 12 months later she applied for leave to remain in the UK under Article 8 on the basis of the family life that she had developed with her husband in the preceding 12 months.

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