Court of Appeal finds breach of Withdrawal Agreement in “mystery” stamp case
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by Sonia Lenegan
19h ago
It’s the return of the “mystery” stamp! Although the Court of Appeal has come to a different conclusion than the Upper Tribunal did, holding that while a passport stamp did not amount to a relevant document for Appendix EU purposes, the protection of the Withdrawal Agreement was engaged because of the stamp and that it ..read more
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Migration Advisory Committee publishes research into experiences of the graduate route
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by Sonia Lenegan
2d ago
As part of its recent “rapid review” of the graduate route, the Migration Advisory Committee commissioned a qualitative study of the experiences of people who use the route. That study has been published and looks at people’s motivations to study in the UK, attitudes towards and experiences of the Graduate visa, and what they think ..read more
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Home Office policy on delaying consideration of EUSS applications held to be unlawful
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by Sonia Lenegan
2d ago
The “Pending Prosecutions” section of the EU Settlement Scheme: suitability requirements version 8.0 policy, which provided for applications to be paused where there was a pending prosecution, has been held to be unlawful by the Upper Tribunal. The case is R (Lukasz Krzysztofik) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, JR-2021-LON-001727, with the Independent ..read more
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Job Ad: Rainbow Migration are recruiting a Legal Officer
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by Free Movement
2d ago
Rainbow Migration, the longest-running charity in Europe dedicated to supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system, is recruiting a Legal Officer to advise and help improve the representation of LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum and help change the asylum and immigration system to one that treats everyone with compassion, dignity and respect. We are ..read more
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Free Movement Weekly Newsletter #27
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by Sonia Lenegan
3d ago
Welcome to the weekly Free Movement newsletter! For those who are interested, here is the list of ministerial appointments from Friday. As expected, the Home Secretary is now Yvette Cooper. Diana Johnson and Angela Eagle have been added as Home Office ministers this morning but I haven’t seen any detail of their particular briefs yet. A couple ..read more
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The Rwanda policy is in its death throes
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by Jed Pennington
3d ago
Due to the stated position of the previous Conservative government that there would be a removal flight to Rwanda on 24 July 2024, a High Court hearing was due to take place over four days starting on 9 July 2024. Due to the election of a Labour government and their explicitly and frequently stated position ..read more
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Harmondsworth detention centre inspection report: “worst conditions” ever seen
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by Sonia Lenegan
3d ago
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published a report on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, a facility run by Mitie Care and Custody, concluding that “there is a huge amount of work to be done to get Harmondsworth even up to the mediocre standards we found at our 2017 inspection.” The inspection ..read more
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High Court confirms that mandatory sponsor licence revocation is actually mandatory in latest care home case
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by Jack Freeland
3d ago
The High Court has again confirmed that mandatory sponsor licence revocation is, indeed, mandatory. One Trees Estates Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 1644 (Admin) brings consensus to the courts’ approach on the Home Office’s duty to undertake a wider impact assessment in mandatory revocation ..read more
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High Court finds trafficking decision unlawful for failure to consider all available evidence
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by Francesca Sella
4d ago
In R (SM) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 1683 (Admin), the High Court found a reasonable grounds (first stage) trafficking decision to be unlawful as it failed to consider all the relevant evidence and context in the claimant’s case. This is an interesting and useful decision outlining the competent ..read more
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Briefing: a guide to applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme
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by Nicola Burgess
1w ago
This post is for those who are new to the area of Windrush compensation claims, or who would like to submit their own claim, and is designed to be a beginner’s guide to the application process. Background to the scheme In April 2018, the news that long-term lawful residents, including the Windrush generation and their ..read more
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