Judge orders release of Zimbabwean criminal who cannot be deported – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in consent, detention, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘A high court judge has ordered the release of a convicted Zimbabwean criminal who has spent more than two years in immigration detention pending his deportation.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Refusal and revocation of British citizenship for dishonest conduct – Free Movement

Posted January 20th, 2016 in asylum, citizenship, deceit, fraud, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘In another reminder that British citizenship can be refused on the basis of past dishonest conduct we have the case of R (on the application of Rushiti & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 3931 (Admin). This one dates back a few months but I’m afraid I only just found it in my drafts folder. It involves two linked cases, both of which are further examples of Albanians entering the UK and pretending to be Kosovar, eventually obtaining immigration status then applying for British citizenship.’

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Free Movement, 18th January 2016

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Almost half of asylum seekers unhappy with their lawyers, report finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2016 in asylum, complaints, immigration, law firms, legal representation, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Almost half of asylum seekers are not satisfied with the service provided by their lawyers, a report for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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Yarl’s Wood: Report finds no ‘endemic culture of abuse’ – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in detention, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘There are “serious staffing concerns” at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre but “not an endemic culture of abuse”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2016

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Briton avoids jail after trying to smuggle Afghan child into UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 15th, 2016 in children, immigration, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Former soldier Rob Lawrie admitted he had been ‘stupid’ but told a French court he ‘could not leave’ four-year-old girl behind after repeated pleas from her father.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2016

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Shaw Review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons published: summary

Posted January 15th, 2016 in detention, families, human rights, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘The review by Stephen Shaw into the welfare in immigration detention of vulnerable persons has been published today. The Government has responded stating that it “accepts the broad thrust of his recommendations” and that the Home Office expects its reforms reduce the number of those detained reduce and the duration of detention before removal.’

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Free Movement, 14th January 2016

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New immigration and nationality fees for 2016 to 2017 – UK Visas and Immigration

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fees, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Today 11 January 2016, the government set out its proposed changes to the fees for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services for 2016–17.’

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UK Visas and Immigration, 11th January 2016

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Upper Tribunal cases on fair hearings in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advocacy, bias, immigration, judiciary, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘Three recent cases on fair hearings in immigration cases, all from President McCloskey. All make interesting reading.’

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Free Movement, 13th January 2016

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Past deception to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain may lead to status being revoked – Free Movement

Posted January 13th, 2016 in identity fraud, immigration, news by sally

‘The case of Huang & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (“No Time Limit” Transfer: Fraud) (IJR) [2015] UKUT 662 (IAC) arises from the provision of false or incorrect identity information by asylum seekers who were initially refused asylum but who were then never removed and were later granted status under the Legacy amnesty backlog clearance programme.’

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Free Movement, 12th January 2016

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Sham bride whose crime ‘struck at heart of immigration system’ is jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 12th, 2016 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘Babysitter who claimed she was pressured into taking part in sham marriage to man in Blackburn is sentenced to six months in prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2016

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Massive increase in family immigration fees for 2016-17 – Free Movement

Posted January 12th, 2016 in families, fees, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘The Home Office is proposing a massive 25% increase in already high immigration application fees for families for the year 2016-17. Family and spouse visas will in future cost £1,195. The maximum chargable for these applications will be increased from £2,141 to £3,250. The fee for a settlement application will increase to £1,875 and to £2,676 for Adult Dependant Relatives.’

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Free Movement, 12th January 2016

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Landlords in England get ready for right to rent – Home Office

‘Landlords in England are being reminded that there is less than a month to go before “right to rent” rules go live.’

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Home Office, 8th January 2016

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Retrospective success fee was justified, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted January 7th, 2016 in costs, fees, immigration, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A law firm was justified in charging a retrospective success fee as the claimant did not face different risks when he signed a conditional fee agreement (CFA) as when he had applied for legal aid five months earlier, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th January 2016

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Court of Appeal: immigration age assessments and Merton – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Two recent Court of Appeal cases, heard together, have considered the legality of the immigration detention of those who are, or possibly are, minors. Such cases involve local authority age assessments, which are to be carried out according to the guidance set out in Merton [2003] EWHC 1689 (Admin).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th January 2016

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Regina (AZ) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted January 6th, 2016 in disclosure, documents, EC law, immigration, judicial review, law reports by sally

Regina (AZ) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3695 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 549

‘In so far as article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union embodied a general principle of good administration that had to be followed by member states, member states likewise had to be permitted to withhold disclosure of material which would harm national security before reaching a decision on an application by a claimant refugee for a travel document.’

WLR Daily, 18th December 2015

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Court of Appeal considers EU deportation, public revulsion and “imperative grounds” – Free Movement

‘In Secretary of State for the Home Department v Straszewski [2015] EWCA Civ 1245 (03 December 2015) Moore-Bick LJ, giving the leading judgment, finds that public revulsion is not generally relevant to decisions to deport under EU law.’

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Free Movement, 6th January 2016

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Privatise Britain’s border controls, says new report – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 4th, 2016 in contracting out, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘Think-tank says UK Border Force – set up only four years ago – is failing and should have passport control functions put out to contract.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd January 2016

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Home Office loses track of more than 10,000 asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in asylum, enforcement, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has lost touch with more than 10,000 asylum seekers in Britain and efforts to trace them are considered “a drain on resources”, the official immigration watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

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DM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted December 15th, 2015 in appeals, crime, deportation, human rights, immigration, law reports by sally

DM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1288; [2015] WLR (D) 516

‘Where the Home Secretary was intending to deport a man unlawfully present in the United Kingdom who had been convicted of offences it remained the case that, despite strong pointers towards deportation, the Home Secretary might not make a deportation order if that would breach his rights under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 11th December 2015

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Straszewski v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Kersys v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted December 14th, 2015 in appeals, deportation, EC law, immigration, law reports, public interest by sally

Straszewski v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Kersys v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1245; [2015] WLR (D) 512

‘When determining whether the removal of an EEA national who had acquired a permanent right of residence in the United Kingdom was justified on serious grounds of public policy or public security, wider factors, such as the public interest in deterrence and the need to demonstrate public revulsion at the offender’s conduct, could not properly be taken into account.’

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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