Home Office apologises for failings that led to detention centre death – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2019 in death in custody, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘A senior Home Office official has repeatedly apologised for shortcomings that led to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention, at an inquest into his death.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2019

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The Human Rights Of Thousands Of Children Are At Risk After Brexit – Rights Info

Posted March 19th, 2019 in brexit, children, documents, human rights, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Legal experts and child rights organisations have expressed grave concerns that thousands of children of EU nationals may become undocumented immigrants following Brexit.’

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Rights Info, 19th March 2019

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UK court ruling raises hopes of asylum for torture survivors – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2019 in appeals, asylum, expert witnesses, immigration, news, torture by tracey

‘Tens of thousands of torture survivors could find it easier to secure sanctuary in the UK after a ruling by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Home Office to amend registration rules for vulnerable EU citizens – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has reached an out-of-court settlement with a charity that had threatened a judicial review over the registration system for EU citizens. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) agreed to drop its application for a judicial review after Sajid Javid’s department made changes to its guidance to caseworkers in relation to vulnerable citizens.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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‘Right to Rent’ checks breach human rights – High Court – BBC News

‘Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are “discriminatory” and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2019 c. 1 – Finance Act 2019

2019 c. 2 – Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019

2019 c. 3 – Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 20192019

c. 4 – Tenant Fees Act 2019

2019 c. 5 – Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Government toughens rules for people seeking citizenship with new English language requirements – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2019 in citizenship, immigration, news, standards by tracey

‘The government has toughened rules for people seeking UK citizenship with new English language requirements.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2019

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G4S faces prosecution over smoking at immigration detention centre – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2019 in detention, immigration, news, prosecutions, security companies, smoking by sally

‘The security company G4S is facing prosecution for allegedly failing to implement a smoking ban at an immigration removal centre, in the first case of its kind.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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MPs and peers call for end to indefinite detention – The Guardian

‘Indefinite detention in immigration centres is traumatic and the practice should be stopped, with people ideally held for no longer than 28 days, a parliamentary committee has recommended. In a highly critical report, the joint committee on human rights (JCHR), made up of MPs and peers, described the UK’s immigration system as “slow, unfair and expensive to run”, and said detention should be authorised only by decision-makers independent of the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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Windrush scandal: Eligible victim wrongly denied help – The Indpendent

Posted February 5th, 2019 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, deportation, immigration, news, passports, victims by tracey

‘The lawyer overseeing a compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal has asked for “urgent clarification” after a woman was wrongly refused Home Office help.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2019

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Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – The Independent

‘The Home Office is obtaining patient data from the NHS and using it for immigration enforcement purposes, despite suggesting last year that this form of data-sharing would no longer take place. A report by the chief inspector of borders reveals immigration enforcement teams are using hospital records containing data on migrants with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £500 or more.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Home Office ‘wrecked my life’ with misuse of immigration law – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2019 in immigration, income tax, mistake, news, taxation, terrorism by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of inflicting irreversible damage on the life of a pharmaceutical expert by misusing a controversial clause in immigration law to try to force her out of the UK.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2019

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Online UK right to work checks now illegal working defence – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 30th, 2019 in documents, employment, immigration, internet, news, penalties by sally

‘UK employers can now rely on the result of an online right to work test as a defence against civil penalties should any of their workers later be found to have been working illegally.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2019

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Closed judgments: security, accountability and court processes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A new practice direction reveals some valuable progress in the management of closed judgments, but leaves uncertainty and, very worryingly, indicates that some judgments will be destroyed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th January 2019

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High court orders new inquest into Home Office role in Windrush citizen death – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in citizenship, government departments, immigration, inquests, news by tracey

‘The high court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a Windrush citizen after the original coroner failed to consider the impact of the Home Office’s “hostile environment” policy on his health.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2019

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Plan to simplify UK’s 1,100 pages of immigration rules – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2019 in consultations, immigration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘People would be able to more easily understand the UK’s immigration rules under a proposed shakeup of the regulations by the government’s law advisers that would simplify the current 1,100 pages of regulations.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Immigration chief hits out as “abuse” by lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted January 21st, 2019 in appeals, asylum, immigration, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The appeal system for failed asylum-seekers has been “heavily abused by some lawyers”, the former Home Office director-general of immigration enforcement has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2019

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Simplify Immigration Rules, proposes Law Commission – Law Commission

Posted January 21st, 2019 in immigration, Law Commission, press releases, regulations by tracey

‘Law Commission proposes to simplify how the Immigration Rules are drafted and presented, so they are easier to follow and more user friendly.’

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law Commission , 21st January 2019

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Home Office refuses to let great-grandparents remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, autism, children, deportation, families, grandparents, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is trying to separate a couple from their four British children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild by forcing them to return to Iran.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2019

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Asylum applications: Home Office urged to use lie detectors – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2019 in asylum, immigration, lie detectors, news by sally

‘People seeking asylum in the UK should take a lie detector test as part of their application, the former chief of UK immigration enforcement says.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2019

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