Current ‘unreasonable delays’ in the Home Office decision making process – EIN Blog

Posted December 1st, 2022 in delay, government departments, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Immigration practitioners today will be worryingly frustrated, alongside their clients, with the ever-increasing delays for average visa processing times made in-country or out-country by the Home Office.’

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EIN Blog, 30th November 2022

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An overview of immigration routes to come to the UK – EIN Blog

Posted October 28th, 2022 in immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘There is only a limited number of immigration options that would allow non-British citizens to come to the UK for a long-term project and make it your permanent home. You will be either joining your family in the UK or you will be going for one of the work-related routes that allow settlement or permanent residence after five years.’

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EIN Blog, 27th October 2022

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Court rules abandoned wives should be allowed to return to UK – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2022 in families, government departments, immigration, news, visas, women by sally

‘A woman who was abandoned in Pakistan by her British husband and forcibly separated from her two-year-old daughter has won a high court case against such practice.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2022

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Afghan family in hiding wins waiver on biometric tests for UK visas – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, families, government departments, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘The home secretary has waived a blanket requirement for Afghans applying to join British family members in the UK to do biometric tests, after a high court challenge.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2022

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Poorly drafted long residence rules lead to avoidable litigation – EIN Blog

Posted August 22nd, 2022 in appeals, drafting, immigration, news, statutory interpretation, time limits, visas by tracey

‘R (Iyieke) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 1147 (11 August 2022). The Court of Appeal has held that Mr Victormills Onyekachi Iyieke, who had applied for indefinite leave to remain (“ILR”) on the ground of 10 years’ continuous lawful residence in the UK and who had a period of overstaying in 2014 “book-ended” by periods of leave was not able to rely on paragraph 276B(v) of the Immigration Rules. It is notable that current overstaying and previous overstaying between periods of leave are referred to as “open-ended” and “book-ended” overstaying. Furthermore, the Court of Appeal observed that under paragraph 276B(v) a period of overstaying between periods of leave was disregarded where the previous application was made before 24 November 2016 and within 28 days of the expiry of leave. Mr Iyieke had made an application within 28 days of the expiry of his leave in 2014—that was unsuccessful and he was later granted temporary admission on other grounds. In paragraph 276B(v), “the previous application” could not refer to any unsuccessful application made in a period of book-ended leave before 24 November 2016. The reference was to “the” previous application and not “a” previous application and “the” previous application had to have resulted in a period of leave. Mr Iyieke had a post-study work visa which expired on 9 August 2014. He applied for leave to remain on 2 September 2014, which was within 24 days of the expiry of his post-study work visa.’

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EIN Blog, 18th August 2022

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UK Spouse Visa Requirements and How to Apply – Family Law

Posted August 19th, 2022 in families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘The UK Spouse Visa is for partners of British or Irish citizens, persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, refugee leave or humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or Appendix ECAA, who wish to join, or stay with, their husband or wife in the UK. You can also apply for a UK Spouse Visa if your Spouse is outside the UK, but is intending to return to the UK with you.’

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Family Law, 19th August 2022

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High Court rejects challenge to SDT case management decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) was right not to order the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to seek information from the BBC on behalf of a solicitor facing prosecution, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2022

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New Guidance on Private Life and Relationships with Partner – EIN Blog

Posted July 15th, 2022 in children, families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘At the end of June 2022 two new guidances were issued. The newly emerged guidance on private life which came into force on 20th June 2022 and a new policy guidance on relationships with a partner relating to Appendix relationships with partner.’

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EIN Blog, 15th July 2022

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Home Office grants baby stranded in Jamaica leave to come to UK – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2022 in children, families, government departments, immigration, Jamaica, news, visas by tracey

‘A British resident stranded in Jamaica with her baby, who was told by the Home Office the boy could not come to the UK because he had an “established life” on the Caribbean island, has now been told by the Home Office that she can bring him, after the Guardian exposed the family’s plight.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2022

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Row over UK child visas as Ukrainian violinist’s three-month wait continues – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, visas, war by tracey

‘A talented 17-year-old violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine has been left waiting three months for a British visa, revealing serious flaws in government promises to help unaccompanied children.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2022

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Setting up a branch or subsidiary of an overseas business in the UK – EIN Blog

Posted July 4th, 2022 in company law, employment, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘There is no specific visa requirement for anyone who wants to register a business in the UK. However, this is not the same as working for or on behalf of the business.’

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EIN Blog, 30th June 2022

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UK work visa for elite graduates is exclusive and based on flawed assumptions – EIN Blog

Posted June 28th, 2022 in immigration, news, universities, visas by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement of a new work visa option aimed at attracting top graduates has elicited some backlash because the list of eligible institutions features no universities from Africa, Latin America or South Asia. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked Orla Quinlan, Director of Internationalisation at Rhodes University in South Africa, to share her thoughts on the implications such visa programmes have for international integration and intercultural efforts in higher education.’

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EIN Blog, 27th June 2022

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Soldiers win legal battle to rescue Afghan interpreter – BBC News

‘A group of former British soldiers have won a legal battle to bring their Afghan interpreter to the UK.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2022

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UK’s visa schemes ‘creating and heightening’ trafficking and exploitation risks – The Independent

‘The UK’s visa schemes for Ukrainian refugees are “lacking in clarity, resourcing and accountability” and are heightening the risk of trafficking and exploitation, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

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What you need to know about the new High Potential Individual visa route – EIN Blog

Posted April 4th, 2022 in employment, immigration, news, universities, visas by sally

‘The High Potential Individual (HPI) route is similar to the Graduate route but offered to recent graduates of the top ranking universities outside the UK. This route opens on 30 May 2022.’

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EIN Blog, 31st March 2022

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High court hears case of Afghan family unable to get to UK without biometrics – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, news, visas by sally

‘A family in hiding in Afghanistan who are eligible for sanctuary in the UK but are unable to escape because they can’t get biometrics done in their home country have taken their case to the high court.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2022

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Transport operators face £2,000 fines for bringing Ukrainians without visas to UK – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2022 in fines, immigration, news, refugees, transport, Ukraine, visas by tracey

‘Transport operators face fines of up to £2,000 per person if they bring Ukrainian refugees without the right visas to the UK, The Independent can reveal as hundreds reach Calais.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2022

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Will The UK Welcome People Fleeing Putin’s War In Ukraine? – Each Other

‘As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, questions rage, alongside the war, about how the UK should protect Ukrainians seeking refuge.’

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Each Other, 1st March 2022

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English test scandal: Home Office accused of ‘shocking miscarriage of justice’ – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2022 in appeals, deceit, examinations, government departments, news, visas by sally

‘The Home Office was accused of presiding over a “shocking miscarriage of justice” by MPs during an urgent debate on the English language testing scandal which saw thousands of international students wrongly accused of cheating in an exam they were required to sit as part of their visa application process.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2022

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Latest News on The EU Settlement Scheme for 2022 – EIN Blog

Posted February 7th, 2022 in brexit, EC law, government departments, immigration, news, statistics, visas by tracey

‘It is now over 3 years since the UK Home Office launched the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) on 21st January 2019 in readiness for Brexit. According to the latest government data, as of the end of December 2021, 6,385,500 EUSS applications have been received, 333,200 of these arriving after the deadline of 30th June 2021. So far, 6,057,400 EUSS applications have been processed, resulting in 52% of applicants receiving settled status, 41% receiving pre-settled status, and 3% receiving a refusal. Their data also shows that EUSS applications received since 30th June 2021 have been a mix of late applicants, joining family members, and those moving from pre-settled to settled status. Here we look at the conclusions of the latest EUSS inspection by the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration and some of the issues applicants are now experiencing with their applications and getting help.’

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EIN Blog, 3rd February 2022

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