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McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.


19 March 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Brexit & EU Migration
On 15 March 2018 the Home Office presented a brief new Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC895) to Parliament. The changes, accompanied by a short explanatory note, will come into force on 06 April 2018. This article will examine the most notable of these changes, and their effects on certain routes to entry clearance and settlement.

15 March 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
Today the UK Government laid a draft remedial order before Parliament to amend the good character requirement for British citizenship applications. The order will remove the good character requirement for registration applications under the following sections of the British Nationality Act 1981:

23 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Specialist Advice & Litigation
Whether it is for business, tourism, or to visit family, the United Kingdom is a popular destination for visitors. If you or someone you know is planning to visit the UK, it is wise to understand what a visitor is permitted to and limited by, before entering the country.

15 February 2018 iSquare Brexit & EU Migration
Since the UK voted to leave the EU in March 2017 there has been considerable uncertainty amongst EU citizens living in the UK as to what rights they will be entitled to post-Brexit. The initial publication of the UK’s negotiating position on Brexit in June provided little clarity of these rights, and alluded to a new ‘settled status’ which will be available to those qualifying EU citizens in the UK after ‘Brexit day,’ 29 March 2019.

15 February 2018 iSquare Brexit & EU Migration
The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed today in the case of Toufik Lounes v the Secretary of State for the Home Department (C‑165/16) that European Union citizens who have exercised their free movement rights by moving to the UK and subsequently naturalised as British citizens are able to sponsor their third-country national family members to enable them to obtain a right of residence in the UK.

09 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
Further to yesterday's post about the case of the Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6, we can confirm that the Home Office have updated their guidance on section 4C registrations for children of British citizen mothers.

08 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Specialist Advice & Litigation
In a judgement handed down this morning, the Supreme Court has opened the door to applications for registration as a British citizen from people born abroad to a British mothers between 1949 and 1983.

07 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
The Immigration Health Surcharge is a now well known term among applicants and practitioners as it was introduced almost 3 years ago, on 6 April 2015. Unlike application fees, it remained static at £200 per year for non-EEA nationals applying to work, study or join your family in the UK for more than 6 months.

06 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Specialist Advice & Litigation
The Home Office introduced the Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (DDV) to assist women on a spousal visa or the five year family migration route as the spouse, civil partner, or partner of someone who is British or present and settled in the UK fleeing domestic abuse who have no recourse to public funds (who are destitute and need financial help).

01 February 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Specialist Advice & Litigation
The Court of Appeal considered the Home Office’s “evidential flexibility” policy earlier this week in Mudiyanselage v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 65, After comprehensively reviewing the history of the policy the court concludes that, when it comes to applications under the Points Based System, the policy applies only in the circumstances prescribed by the rues, namely:

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