On 26 June 2017, the Home Secretary presented to Parliament the Government’s proposal on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit, previously proclaimed by the Prime Minister at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels the week before.
Immigration Barristers' Blog
The important High Court referral in Toufik Lounes, discussed here, referred the following questions to the Court of Justice:
On 6 November 2014, the immigration rules changed significantly for the Tier 1 (Investor) category. Investors who were initially granted a Tier 1 (Investor) visa under the rules in place after 6 November 2014 must invest all of their funds in the UK by way of qualifying investments, (i.e. by way of government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies). However, investors who were initially granted a Tier 1 (Investor) visa under the rules in place before 6 November 2014 are required to have invested not less than £750,000 of their capital in the UK by way of qualifying investment and to have invested the remaining balance of £1 million in the UK by the purchase of assets or by maintaining the money on deposit in a UK regulated financial institution....
The genuine entrepreneur test was first brought into the Immigration Rules in January 2013; first applying only to initial applications to enter the category and then later being applied to extension and settlement applications as well. The test is relatively vague and can be applied inconsistently. This article will consider what the genuine entrepreneur test is, and what options individuals have if their application is refused on the basis that they are not genuine.
In recent years, the Bar has faced rapid and unprecedented change. A new report from Thomson Reuters entitled ‘Innovation at the Bar - Who is leading the way?’ looks to explore how the Bar is responding to these changes. The report includes case studies from those at the forefront of change and examines key areas of innovation at the Bar.
In the recent case of SF and others (Guidance, post-2014 Act) Albania  UKUT 00120 (IAC), the Upper Tribunal has emphasised the importance of Tribunals considering relevant Home Office Guidance if pertinent to the case, even if no submissions on said guidance are made by the Appellant.
Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1078, announced on Friday 17th March 2017, introduces various change to Tier 4 Visas, which cover students. Amendments will seek to ensure stronger care protections for those who fall within the “Child” subcategory, as well as setting higher standards which institutions and students must reach if they wish to be considered under the “General” category.
Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1078, announced on Friday 17th March 2017, introduces various amendments to Tier 1 of the Points-Based System. Tier 1 of the Points-Based System caters for high value migrants, and currently consists of four active categories: Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur). It also includes the Tier 1 (General) category, which was closed to new applicants in April 2011 but remains open for settlement applications.
On 16 March 2017, the Government presented a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 1078). Guided by the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations, these changes are likely to affect business immigration, in particular those migrating to the UK under the Tier 2 points based system.
New changes to the Immigration Rules, announced on Friday 17th March, will affect personal immigration and in particular those applying for the Family Route (Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules).
Richmond Chambers LLP invites applications from established immigration barristers of all levels of call to join our immigration team on a dual practice basis. This is an exciting opportunity for successful members of the bar to supplement their existing practice with good quality direct access work.
Richmond Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Immigration Specialist Firm or Practitioner of the Year’ category at the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Awards 2017.
The Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise categories are some of the most flexible immigration categories that a person can enter to work in the UK. Home Office guidance states that ‘We recognise that such talented individuals should have few restrictions on their economic activity once here. If you qualify, the route allows you to work and change employers, or to be self-employed, without the need for further authorisation or to be sponsored for employment in a specific post.’
From April onwards, employers will be charged up to £1000 per annum for each non-EEA worker that they sponsor....
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today reveal that the number of Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications approved during Q3 and Q4 of 2016 was up 62% on the first two quarters of the year. Meanwhile, the number of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas granted during the second half of the year remained broadly the same as in the previous 6 months.
Exactly 12 months after starting to hear the case, the Supreme Court has today handed down its long-awaited judgment in R (on the application of MM (Lebanon) (AP) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)  UKSC 10.
In Secretary of State for the Home Department v Akbar  EWCA Civ 16 (19 January 2017) the Court of Appeal has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear appeals from the County Court concerning civil penalties imposed under the 2006 Act for employing illegal workers....
In Kaur (children's best interests / public interest interface)  UKUT 14 (IAC) (10 January 2017) the Upper Tribunal has given further guidance on the assessment of children’s best interests in the context of Article 8. Specificially, the Upper Tribunal considered the scope of the principle that a child must not be blamed for matters for which he or she is not responsible, such as the poor immigration history of a parent....