Lords inflict government defeat over visa laws – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2015 in amendments, bills, news, parliament, visas by sally

‘The government has suffered a narrow defeat in the House of Lords over its Modern Slavery Bill.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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Spouse migration rules ‘unfair’ to UK citizens, admits minister – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2015 in citizenship, families, immigration, married persons, news, visas by sally

‘Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has admitted UK-born citizens who want to bring their spouses into the UK from outside the EU are getting a raw deal.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2015

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Court of Appeal upholds exclusion from UK of anti Muslim speakers at English Defence League rally – Free Movement

Posted February 10th, 2015 in appeals, freedom of expression, judicial review, news, speeches, visas by sally

‘The case of R (On the Application Of Geller & Anor) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 45 was an application to the Court of Appeal against a refusal by the Upper Tribunal to grant permission for judicial review by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, the founders ‘Stop Islamization of America’, referred to by the Secretary of State as an anti-Muslim hate group. This contributor was previously unaware of Geller and Spencer’s work, but after 5 minutes on YouTube was in rare agreement with the Secretary of State. They had planned to visit the UK in the aftermath of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, to address a rally planned by the English Defence League in Greenwich on Saturday 29 June 2013, armed forces day.’

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Free Movement, 10th February 2015

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McCarthy and EU family permits – Free Movement

Posted January 29th, 2015 in EC law, families, freedom of movement, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Last last year the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down judgment in the case of McCarthy v United Kingdom C-202/13. In some ways it is a very straightforward case: the UK is not permitted to require residence card holding family members of EEA nationals to apply for yet further documentation in the form of an entry permit.’

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Free Movement, 29th January 2015

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Rejection of visit visa to attend funeral: analysis – Free Movement

‘In the news today we can see that an Entry Clearance Officer has rejected an application for a visit visa for two grandparents who wish to travel to the UK to attend the funeral of their 5 year old grandchild, tragically killed in a car accident before Christmas. The family is devastated, obviously. The issue was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions by the local MP and a review was promised. The Immigration Minister, James Broken-shire, has very swiftly conducted the review and the refusal has been maintained. He says his decision has been taken “on the full facts of the case”.’

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Free Movement, 20th January 2015

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Counter Terrorism and Security Bill unveiled – Home Office

Posted November 27th, 2014 in bills, citizenship, news, passports, terrorism, visas by sally

‘Urgently-needed legislation which will give the UK some of the toughest powers in the world to tackle the increasing threat from international terrorism was introduced today.’

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Home Office, 26th November 2014

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Giving evidence in court – UK Visas and Immigration

Posted November 21st, 2014 in codes of practice, immigration, news, visas, witnesses by tracey

‘Modernised guidance for how UK Visas and Immigration prepares and gives evidence in court, and what it expects when it gives evidence.’

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UK Visas and Immigration, 20th November 2014

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Julien Blanc ‘denied visa to enter UK': Controversial ‘pick-up artist’ barred after petition signed by thousands – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2014 in harassment, news, visas, women by tracey

‘Controversial “pick-up” artist Julien Blanc has been denied a visa to enter the UK after a sustained campaign to prevent him from touring in Britain, it has been reported.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2014

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R (Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 60 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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Regina (Lord Carlile of Berriew and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Regina (Lord Carlile of Berriew and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: [2014] UKSC 60; [2014] WLR (D) 479

‘The Home Secretary’s decision to maintain an order excluding the entry into the United Kingdom of a dissident Iranian politician, invited by members of the Houses of Parliament to meet them in London to discuss human rights and democratic issues in Iran, was not a disproportionate interference with their right to freedom of expression under article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: the Home Secretary was entitled to accept the recommendation of the Foreign Secretary that to permit such entry would risk jeopardising the United Kingdom’s diplomatic and economic interests and might provoke a violent reaction in Iran resulting in damage to British property and endangering the safety of British and local personnel.’

WLR Daily, 12th November 2014

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Judge orders Home Office border agency to explain sham company failures – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2014 in disclosure, fraud, government departments, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Judge Peter Ross criticises the Border Force for failing to follow up information which suggested Milton Keynes-based firm was operating an immigration scam.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2014

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Advertising watchdog bans three ‘copycats’ of government websites – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2014 in advertising, birth certificates, documents, internet, news, passports, visas by tracey

‘The advertising watchdog has banned three “copycat” websites masquerading as government channels for health insurance cards, passports and birth certificates, leaving consumers thousands of pounds out of pocket.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

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Students without indefinite leave to are ineligible for student loans – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 11th, 2014 in appeals, education, human rights, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘The United Kingdom was not in breach of the human rights of those individuals ineligible for student loans because they did not have indefinite leave to remain in the country. The relevant legislation limits eligibility for student loans to those who are “settled” in the United Kingdom (within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 ) and who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th September 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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