Upper Tribunal casts doubt on EEA nationals’ ability to apply for citizenship

In a determination published earlier this week, the President of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) has cast doubt upon the ability of EEA nationals to apply for naturalisation as British citizens. The case is Capparrelli (EEA Nationals - British Nationality) [2017] UKUT 162 (IAC).

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How can UK Employers help EU Employees

Further political unrest and uncertainty lies ahead with today's announcement about a snap general election this coming June despite calls from the business world for stability and certainty following the Brexit vote and subsequent developments. So what then can be done by employersto try to protect their businesses and offer support to the EU nationals working for them.

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Forced Marriages in the UK

Forced marriage is a criminal offence. A forced marriage is one in which one or both spouses do not (or, in the case of some adults with learning or physical disabilities or mental incapacity, cannot) consent to the marriage and violence, threats, or any other form of coercion is involved. Coercion may include emotional force, physical force or the threat of physical force, and, financial pressure.

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Guidance on status of EU nationals in the UK published

Last week, the Home Office published information for European Union nationals who are living in the UK. The assurance at the beginning of the guidance is worth re-iterating:

“You do not need to do anything as a result of Article 50 being triggered. There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.

Under EU law you don’t need a document to confirm your residence status in the UK”

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Home office guidance for British children

The head note in the Upper Tribunal case of SF and others (Guidance, post-2014 Act) [2017] UKUT 120 (IAC) states:

" Even in the absence of a "not in accordance with the law" ground of appeal, the Tribunal ought to take the Secretary of State's guidance into account if it points clearly to a particular outcome in the instant case. Only in that way can consistency be obtained between those cases that do, and those cases that do not, come before the Tribunal."

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Changes to the Immigration Rules for Permit Free Festivals

The list of permit free festivals is set out in Appendix 5 to Appendix V of the Immigration Rules. Festivals and events which are included on this list are able to invite entertainers or artists to take part in their event without the need to issue a certificate of sponsorship under the points based system. Where entertainers or artists are established professionals it may also be possible for them to use the visitors undertaking permitted paid engagement route.

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