The Home Office issued new guidance yesterday (11 October 2017) entitled “Historical background information on nationality”. As highlighted in a previous blog post here, British nationality law can be particularly complex. The relevant law changes depending on the date of the person’s birth. There are different provisions for: those born before 1915; those born between 1915 and 1948; those born between 1949 and 1983; and those born after 1983.Read More
Long delays are being faced by a large number of people whose visa applications are being considered at UK Visas and Immigration's Sheffield decision-making hub, pushing consideration time outside the normal service standards adhered to by UKVI.Read More
Until 12 December 2014, anyone with proof of identity and address could open an account at a bank or a building society. As part of the government’s agenda to make Britain a hostile environment, bank accounts were also targeted.Read More
he significance of the Supreme Court ruling in this landmark ruling cannot be over stated. It extends beyond the realm of employment law. There must be a preserved guarantee of access to justice, prompt and fair. Its judgment is extraordinary not just for its ruling that the fees are illegal, but for the way it justified that ruling. The supreme court made its case primarily based not on EU law, but on two principles of common law: the constitutional right of access to justice and the rule that statutory rights, established by parliament, must not be undermined by secondary legislation with minimal parliamentary scrutiny. This not only makes it Brexit-proof but in doing so, the supreme court explicitly questioned the government’s understanding of the rule of law.Read More
In our posting on the 16th August, we highlighted that the Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee ( MAC ) to advise on the economic and social impact of the UK's exit from the EU and also on how the UK's immigration system should be modernised forecasting likely future demands and strategies.Read More
The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/885) set out a change to immigration and nationality fees with effect from 2 October 2017. The home office fees will not increase. The change is in respect of the exchange rate used for visa applications made from abroad.Read More
It is written, as usual, in the excruciating style of meaningless buzzwords and doublespeak, reminiscent of the political language criticised by Orwell as designed “to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”.
Everything will be ‘smooth’, ‘fair’, ‘robust’ and there are lots of nice photos of happy citizens enjoying our ‘deep and special partnership’ with the EU.Read More