Former MI6 counter-terrorism chief warns against rush to overhaul UK laws – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2014 in bills, citizenship, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism, visas by tracey

‘Britain should resist a rush to overhaul its fundamental legal principles in the face of an “unproven threat” from homegrown militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, the former global counter-terrorism director of MI6 has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Richard Barrett criticised government plans for new laws to tackle British extremists and warned against Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Britons who travel to Iraq or Syria should be presumed guilty of involvement in terrorism unless they can prove their innocence.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Enforcement and criminal investigations (modernised guidance) – UK Border Agency

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in immigration, press releases, visas, witnesses by tracey

‘This collection brings together modernised guidance about enforcement and processes used by UK Visas and Immigration.’

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UK Border Agency, 21st August 2014

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

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

Posted July 18th, 2014 in education, immigration, judicial review, law reports, visas by tracey

Regina (Afzaal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2014] EWHC 2215 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 313

‘Immigration rules, made pursuant to section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971, specified the conditions to be attached in the case of a student clearance visa and no further administrative action to impose a condition was required. The description of the relevant entry clearance as a tier 4 general student clearance followed by the reference number of the sponsor body, and its repetition in conjunction with the other obligatory conditions, was sufficient endorsement of the condition for the purposes of the Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Changes to the immigration rules will clamp down on visa abuse – Home Office

Posted July 14th, 2014 in immigration, news, visas by sally

‘The Home Office places new restrictions on the entrepreneur visa route in response to scams from individuals and organised criminal groups.’

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Home Office, 10th July 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Foreign students in high court bid to complete their UK courses – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in education, immigration, news, universities, visas by tracey

‘Group who paid £8,500 each to study in London say they are victims of failed deal between Glyndwr University and a private college.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Harassed family gets payout after Home Office failings – BBC News

‘A family who endured a “living nightmare” at the hands of a violent criminal is to receive a £130,000 payout over Home Office failings.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Foreign convicts awaiting deportation held in jail limbo for years – The Independent

Posted March 28th, 2014 in deportation, detention, human rights, news, visas by sally

‘Foreign offenders awaiting deportation are being locked up for years after their sentences have ended in a potential breach of their human rights, the immigration watchdog has warned.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2014

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Families ‘torn apart’ by immigration rules on spouses – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2014 in families, human rights, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘A minimum income requirement imposed on non-EU migrants limits the number able to enter the UK. But some families claim the system is unfair and is keeping spouses and their children apart, as Inside Out East reports.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2014

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Statement of changes in immigration rules – Home Office

Posted December 10th, 2013 in immigration, press releases, regulations, visas by tracey

‘This WMS was laid in Parliament on 9 December 2013, and delivered in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.’

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Home Office, 9th December 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Targeted consultation on immigration and visa charging principles – Home Office

Posted November 12th, 2013 in consultations, fees, immigration, visas by tracey

“Targeted consultation on immigration and visa charging principles.”

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Home Office, 12th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Changes to the Immigration Rules – October 2013 – UK Border Agency

Posted September 9th, 2013 in immigration, press releases, regulations, visas by tracey

“Today, Friday 6 September 2013, a written ministerial statement was laid in Parliament outlining a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.”

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UK Border Agency, 6th September 2013

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Families being torn apart by migration rules that set an income threshold for spouse’s visa application – The Independent

Posted September 9th, 2013 in families, immigration, news, remuneration, visas by tracey

“UK citizens must earn more than £18,600 to bring a non-EU spouse into the country.”

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The Independent, 8th September 2013

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100 suspected war criminals living in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2013 in asylum, immigration, news, visas, war crimes by sally

“Around 100 suspected war criminals applied for UK citizenship last year, many of whom are thought to have been living in Britain for years, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Confused bride exposes sham marriage plot after forgetting groom’s name – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2013 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing, visas by tracey

“A bogus couple whose sham marriage was scuppered after the bride could not remember the groom’s name have been jailed. Jayeola Abiola, 27, a Nigerian national, barely knew his would-be wife Vania Pinheiro-Fernandes, 29, from Portugal. They planned to walk down the aisle to the ballad The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – a choice Hull crown court heard was ‘rather apt.’ ”

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The Guardian, 11th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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UK visa rule challenge rejected by High Court – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2013 in families, human rights, immigration, married persons, news, visas by tracey

“UK family immigration rules are not discriminatory and do not infringe human
rights, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 5th July 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

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Right of appeal for family visit visas abolished – Home Office

Posted June 26th, 2013 in appeals, families, human rights, news, visas by sally

“Removal of right of appeal for family visit visas will save more than £100 million over next decade.”

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Home Office, 25th June 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Changes to the Immigration Rules – July 2013 – UK Border Agency

Posted June 12th, 2013 in families, identification, immigration, news, time limits, universities, visas by sally

“Today, Monday 10 June 2013, a number of minor changes to the Immigration Rules have been published which will come into force on 1 July 2013.”

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UK Border Agency, 10th June 2013

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Immigration policy tearing families apart, report shows – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2013 in families, immigration, inquiries, news, regulations, reports, visas by tracey

“A cross-party group of MPs has called for an urgent review of new immigration rules, which they claim are tearing hundreds of British families apart. Their inquiry report shows that a new minimum earnings rule of £18,600 a year, which came into effect last July, has meant that thousands of British citizens, including people with full-time jobs, have been unable to bring a non-European husband, wife or partner to live with them in Britain.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Roundtable: immigration – Law Society’s Gazette

“Immigration has proved a toxic issue for recent Home Office ministers. In 2004 home secretary David Blunkett resigned following revelations that a visa application had been fast-tracked. Immigration minister Beverley Hughes resigned after admitting she ‘unwittingly’ misled people about a suspected visa ‘scam’. Charles Clarke resigned as home secretary in 2006 after intense pressure over the release of foreign prisoners who could have been deported at the end of their custodial term.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Court of Appeal dismisses human rights challenge to Immigration Rules – Home Office

Posted April 18th, 2013 in appeals, human rights, immigration, news, regulations, visas by sally

“The Home Office was successful in defending Immgiration Rules changes introduced to test migrant’s English language capabilities”

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Home Office, 17th April 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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