Home Office faces investigation over Windrush scandal from equalities watchdog – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been referred to the equalities watchdog over the Windrush scandal and the wider “hostile environment”. More than 80 MPs from six political parties have called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate whether the department unlawfully discriminated against the Windrush generation and continues to discriminate against ethnic minority Britons as a “direct result” of its immigration policies.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2019

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Windrush: Home Office admits data breach in compensation scheme – BBC News

‘The Home Office has admitted breaching data protection rules when it launched the Windrush compensation scheme.’

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BBC News, 8th April 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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British boy stranded in Belgium returns home after Home Office grants emergency passport – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2018 in children, immigration, news, passports by tracey

‘A British-born boy who was blocked from returning to the UK after a holiday has arrived home after Britain agreed to grant him an emergency passport.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2018

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High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in gender, news, passports by tracey

‘A campaigner has lost a High Court challenge calling on the government to provide gender-neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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Family’s £15k debt from fight against Section 322(5) immigration rule – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in debts, deportation, immigration, news, passports, taxation by tracey

‘A family say they have been left £15,000 in debt, without passports and unable to register their son as British because of the Home Office’s actions. The Bristol couple are among 1,000 highly-skilled migrants said to be facing deportation because of how the government has applied immigration law. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a review into use of Section 322(5).’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Travelling home with your baby after surrogacy abroad – the options – Family Law

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, citizenship, immigration, news, passports, surrogacy by tracey

‘Your most pressing concern if you have a baby born through international surrogacy may be how quickly you can get home after he or she is born. This is often the first question we get asked when advising parents planning overseas surrogacy. UK immigration law in surrogacy cases is complex because there is no clear single process which applies to everyone, everywhere. There are number of different possible paths and which is the best one for you will depend on your personal circumstances and the country in which your baby is born.’

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Family Law, 18th May 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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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