BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Undocumented Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK – UK Visas and Immigration

Posted April 17th, 2018 in children, citizenship, deportation, documents, immigration, visas by tracey

‘This information is for Commonwealth citizens (known as “Windrush” cases) who are long-term residents of the UK and do not have documents to demonstrate their status. It explains their position and what they need to do next.’

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UK Visas and Immigration, 17th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

MPs urge May to resolve immigration status of Windrush children – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, immigration, news by tracey

‘More than 140 MPs from all parties have signed a letter to Theresa May, expressing concern about the many Commonwealth-born, long-term British residents who have been incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants and calling on her to find a “swift resolution of this growing crisis”.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

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Government ‘failing to act on serious concerns about NHS data sharing’ raised by doctors – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2018 in data protection, immigration, medical records, news by tracey

‘The government has been accused of failing to act on “serious concerns” raised by doctors and MPs about an NHS policy that sees patient details shared with immigration authorities.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2018

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Opelo Kgari: Government thwarted in second bid to deport woman brought to UK from Botswana – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2018 in appeals, children, deportation, detention, immigration, injunctions, news by tracey

‘The government has been thwarted in its second attempt to deport a woman who came to the UK from Botswana when she was 13 years old.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2018

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No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2018 in airlines, immigration, news, reports by tracey

‘Theresa May’s long-promised system of “100% exit checks” at Britain’s borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past two years, a watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2018

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Grenfell Tower: handling relatives’ immigration cases – Home Office

Posted March 26th, 2018 in families, immigration, inquests, Uncategorized by tracey

‘Guidance on requests for further limited leave from relatives of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Theresa May refuses to intervene over man’s £54,000 NHS cancer bill – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in cancer, immigration, medical treatment, news, passports by tracey

‘Theresa May has refused to intervene in the case of Albert Thompson, the London cancer patient asked to pay £54,000 for treatment despite having lived in the UK for 44 years, as it emerged that there could be tens of thousands of people in a similarly uncertain immigration position.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2018

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Immigration Detention: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back — Sophie Walker – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 20th, 2018 in bail, detention, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘New legislation significantly curtails accommodation provision for those seeking release from immigration detention. The likely result is more and more people being held in immigration detention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2018

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Immigration detainees ‘held for excessive period’ – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2018 in detention, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘Immigration detainees are being held for “excessively long” periods in “prison-like” conditions, the prisons watchdog says.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 24: Right of residence under EU rules – 1 COR

Posted March 12th, 2018 in appeals, citizenship, EC law, families, immigration, news by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to Jonathan Metzer about how family members of UK citizens, who don’t themselves have citizenship, obtain a residence card under EU rules – and how they can appeal if they’re refused.’

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Law Pod UK, 6th March 2018

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Home Office broke its own rules on avoiding family separations – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2018 in bail, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office broke its own rules when British children had to be taken into care after officials arrested their father.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2018

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Home Office warned over plans to block immigration data access for EU citizens – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2018 in bills, data protection, EC law, immigration, news by tracey

‘Plans to deny millions of people the right to access immigration data held on them by the Home Office are illegal and will be challenged in court, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2018

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Opelo Kgari: Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child 14 years ago given last-minute reprieve from deportation after being driven to Heathrow – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in children, demonstrations, deportation, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘A woman who spoke out to The Independent about Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre just days ago has narrowly avoided deportation following an intervention by MPs.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2018

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Home Office tells women they will be deported more quickly for hunger striking – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in demonstrations, deportation, detention, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has been accused of “shocking and inhumane abuse of process” after it told vulnerable women on hunger strike about conditions at a controversial detention centre they faced “accelerated” deportation if they continued to protest.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2018

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High Court grants legal challenge against NHS-Home Office deal to hand over patient data to immigration officials – The Independent

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in confidentiality, immigration, judicial review, medical records, news by tracey

‘The High Court has granted a legal challenge against a NHS-Home Office deal to hand over patient data to immigration officials. The challenge, put forward by Migrants Rights Net (MRN), a UK charity advocating for the rights of migrants, will now go to a full hearing.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2018

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The right of appeal against refusal of a residence card: where are we up to? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 28th, 2018 in human rights, immigration, news, regulations by sally

‘One way for an immigrant to gain the right to be in the UK is by making an application under the Immigration Rules. But these applications are relatively expensive and the requirements have become increasingly stringent.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th February 2018

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More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre go on hunger strike over ‘inhumane’ conditions – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in demonstrations, detention, immigration, mental health, news, women by tracey

‘More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have gone on hunger strike over “inhumane” conditions at the facility. Around 120 female detainees began their protest on Wednesday, urging the Home Office to end “offensive” practices which they said leave people “breaking down psychologically” after being detained for immigration reasons.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2018

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Ex-slave wins appeal against ‘unlawful’ Home Office guidance – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in appeals, forced labour, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings by michael

“A former child slave has won a court fight against the Home Office after its immigration guidance was deemed unlawful.”

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BBC News, 13th February 2018

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No power to grant immigration bail if no power to detain – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 13th, 2018 in appeals, bail, detention, immigration, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘On 8th February 2018, the Supreme Court held that the power to grant bail and impose bail conditions in respect of a person pending deportation ceases to be lawful if there is no legal basis for detaining that person. The power to impose bail conditions is inextricably linked to the power of detention. Once the Home Secretary ceases to have the power to detain a person under immigration law, she can’t then impose conditions on that person’s freedom through bail conditions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th February 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com