UK refusal to issue gender-neutral passports unlawful, high court told – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2018 in gender, human rights, news, passports, sex discrimination by sally

‘Issuing gender-neutral passports would not require any change in UK law and the documents would be recognised internationally, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

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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Fraudsters jailed for £37m copycat web scam – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2018 in fraud, internet, news, passports, sentencing, visas by sally

‘A group of fraudsters who conned UK consumers out of £37m by selling passports and driving licences through copycat websites have been sentenced to more than 35 years in jail.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2018

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Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’ – BBC News

‘Websites that do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2017

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Campaigner for gender-neutral passports wins court challenge – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2017 in gender, human rights, news, passports by sally

‘A campaigner has been given the go-ahead to bring a High Court challenge against the government over gender-neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

EVENT: The Bar Council – Legal Consequences of Brexit

‘This seminar, organised jointly by the Bar Council and the Deutscher Anwaltverein (German Bar Association), will offer a platform for a discussion on the legal consequences of Brexit.

It will include topics such as the Art. 50 Litigation and the consequences for constitutional law and passporting and mutual recognition in financial services post-Brexit.’

Date: 20th October 2017, 2.00-5.00pm

Location: The General Council of the Bar, 289 – 293 High Holbon, WC1V 7HZ London

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

UK ‘has stripped 150 jihadists and criminals of citizenship’ – The Guardian

‘More than 150 suspected jihadists and criminals have been stripped of their citizenship and banned from returning to the UK, it has been reported.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2017

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Reality Check: What does legally changing gender involve? – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2017 in consultations, documents, driving licences, evidence, gender, news, passports by sally

‘It can take more than five years for trans men and women in England and Wales to legally change their gender under the current system.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2017

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Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain’s biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain’s biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2017

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Home Office faces legal challenge over Theresa May’s landlord immigration checks – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2017 in immigration, landlord & tenant, news, passports, race discrimination by sally

‘The Government is facing a legal challenge over its policy of forcing landlords to conduct immigration checks on their tenant.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2017

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Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport – Legal Futures

‘A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Brave new world – Counsel

Posted December 9th, 2016 in EC law, financial regulation, freedom of movement, markets, news, passports by sally

‘How will losing passporting rights affect the UK’s financial services sector? Saima Hanif argues that the equivalence regime is not a satisfactory alternative.’

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Counsel, December 2016

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Hospitals may require patients to show passports for NHS treatment – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in health, hospitals, identification, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Return of passport by Home Office to sit Secure English Language Test – Free Movement

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in examinations, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘The Home Office has confirmed that where it holds the passport of a migrant who wishes to sit the Secure English Language Test (SELT) it will either return the passport to enable the migrant to sit the SELT or will confirm directly with the SELT centre that the passport is held and is genuine.’

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Free Movement, 23rd September 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

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Court of Appeal unhappy with Home Office position and submissions in student case – Free Movement

Posted May 16th, 2016 in appeals, education, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Technical”, “deeply unattractive”, “disingenuous”, “singularly lacks merit”, “ridiculous”, “inappropriate”, “extraordinary”. All words used by Elias or Vos LLJ to describe the arguments advanced by the Home Office in the course of their judgments in the remarkable case of R (On the Application Of Ufot) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 298.’

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Free Movement, 16th May

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Five facts you need to know about your passport – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2016 in EC law, news, passports, referendums, time limits, visas by sally

‘As it emerged up to 80,000 Britons could be banned from US flights due to a passport changes, here are five more things you may not know about yours.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2016

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Bill forcing people to prove nationality slammed as discriminatory – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2016 in bills, documents, immigration, news, passports, police, race discrimination by tracey

‘Government measures making people prove their nationality or face prosecution risk damaging community relations and are discriminatory, critics have warned.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2016

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UK spy agencies have collected bulk personal data since 1990s, files show – The Guardian

‘Britain’s intelligence agencies have been secretly collecting bulk personal data since the late 1990s and privately admit they have gathered information on people who are “unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest”.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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Regina v Boateng – WLR Daily

Regina v Boateng; [2016] EWCA Crim 57

‘The defendant. a Ghanaian national, held a non-European Union passport. His wife, also a Ghanaian national, assumed the identity of a deceased Ghanaian national, who had had Dutch citizenship, and obtained a Dutch identification card and a Dutch passport under that false identity. The defendant and his wife had an infant daughter. On the false premise that he and the daughter were entitled to reside in the United Kingdom by virtue of his wife’s falsely assumed status as a European Union national, the defendant obtained residence cards, each in the form of a Home Office stamp in a non-European Union passport, for himself and the daughter. On three occasions the defendant used his passport, containing the residence card stamp, to enter the United Kingdom, and on one occasion he used it to open a bank account in there. The defendant and his wife were charged with various immigration and documentation offences. The defendant pleaded guilty to eight counts, charged as follows: (i) seeking or obtaining leave to enter or remain in the UK by the deception of applying to the Home Office for a residence card for himself (count 2) and for a certificate of naturalisation (count 12), contrary to section 24A(1)(a) of the Immigration Act 1971; (ii) facilitating the commission of a breach of section 10(1)(c) of the “Immigration Act 1999” by obtaining leave for his daughter to enter or remain in the UK by the deception of applying to the Home Office for a residence card for her, contrary to section 25(1) of the 1971 Act (count 3); (iii) possessing false identity documents with intent, contrary to section 25(1) of the Identity Cards Act 2006 (counts 4 to 7); and (iv) being in possession or control with intent of an identity document, namely a British passport in his own name that he knew or believed to have been improperly obtained in February 2012, contrary to section 4 of the Identity Documents Act 2010 (count 13).’

WLR Daily, 16th March 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk