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

19 July 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Asylum Seekers
In our most recent contribution to Free Movement Blog, Iain Halliday discusses the importance of the right to private and family life under Article 8 ECHR in asylum cases. The issue has most recently been brought to light in the recent case of KO v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSOH 71 in which it was held that the Home Office’s failure to properly consider information potentially relevant to the Article 8 consideration of private life rendered their decision unlawful. 

17 July 2018 Grace McGill Immigration
People who have indefinite leave have no limit on the amount of time they can spend in the UK. However, such people still enter and remain in the UK by permission of the Home Office and as such are still subject to immigration control. When a person holds indefinite leave to enter or remain and they leave the UK, on their return, they must either meet the requirements in paragraph 18 or paragraph 19 of the Rules. This will depend on the amount of time spent outside the UK.

17 July 2018 John Vassiliou Personal Immigration
A case involving a Domino’s Pizza employment appeal tribunal has highlighted the complexities that exist within immigration laws in the UK. Mr Afzal was an employee of Domino’s Pizza with his immigration status document due to expire while employed by them. A manager at the company asked Mr Afzal to provide an updated copy of the document in order to stay employed at the company.

13 July 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Business Immigration
The important contribution that migrants make to the current and future success of the UK economy has been highlighted in new research, which found that people from ethnic minority and immigrant backgrounds are twice as likely as their white British counterparts to be early-stage entrepreneurs. 

13 July 2018 Iain Halliday Immigration
In November 2016 the Home Office reduced the grace period for anyone making an application after their visa has expired from 28 days to 14 days. A new requirement to have a “good reason” for failing to apply before the visa expiry was also introduced.

10 July 2018 Grace McGill Personal Immigration
Recent reforms to the UK's points-based system for work and study immigration have excluded doctors and nurses from the annual limit on the number of skilled worker visa sponsorships available. Wider-reaching changes to the system are expected when the Government implements a post-Brexit immigration policy.

06 July 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Blog
In our most recent contribution to Free Movement Blog, John Vassilou discusses what it means to be a British overseas citizen, and how it is possible that this status could lead such persons to being 'stateless'. The issue has most recently brought to light in the recent case of Teh v Secretary of State for the Home Department[2018] EWHC 1586 (Admin), one of many unsuccessful cases brought by Malaysian citizens.

06 July 2018 James Ritchie Blog
  As of today, changes to the UK Immigration Rules on student visas will take effect. The adjustment takes place in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules, and the effect will reduce documentary requirements for those applying for a Tier 4 student visa from China.

05 July 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Business Immigration
Tomorrow (Friday 6 July 2018) marks the introduction of the latest statement of changes to Immigration rules. The new rules are a small change in a wider rollout of changes which are taking place.

30 June 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Tier 2 Workers
The UK Government has recently published details of a number of changes to the Immigration Rules, including the long anticipated news that doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on Tier 2 skilled worker visas. 

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