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


23 October 2018 Iain Halliday News & Announcements
  Earlier this year various media outlets reported on the Home Office’s dreadful treatment of several Commonwealth citizens who arrived in the UK in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. This group of migrants, given the moniker “the Windrush generation” after the name of a ship which arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1948, have a legal right to reside in the UK permanently. However, many do not have documentation to prove this right.

18 October 2018 Iain Halliday Immigration
In the recent case SR (subsisting parental relationship – s117B(6)) Pakistan 2018 UKUT 3345 (IAC) the Upper Tribunal examines the requirement to consider whether it would be reasonable for a child who is British or who has lived here for 7 years to leave the UK. The requirement is imposed by  section 117B(6) of the Nationality, Immigration, and Asylum Act 2002 which states:  “In the case of a person who is not liable to deportation, the public interest does not require the person’s removal where —  

11 October 2018 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
  On 1 November 2018, a pilot scheme for EU Settlement is due begin. The pilot will run until 21 December 2018.

04 October 2018 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
 As detailed in a previous blog from 6 September, the UK Government have announced a pilot scheme to allow migrants to work on UK farms.

03 October 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
The Home Office has lost nearly 75% of final immigration court appeals allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK, according to recent figures. In the year from April 2017 to March 2018, 11,974 cases were determined in court, with 4,332 of the decisions by the Home Office reversed in the court.

02 October 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Personal Immigration
An upper tribunal judge has accused the Home Office of breaking the law in trying to force two highly skilled migrants out of the UK by triggering a terrorism-related part of immigration law.

02 October 2018 Iain Halliday Brexit
On 21 September 2018 the Inner House of Court of Session in Edinburgh (Scotland’s highest court) decided to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg whether the UK’s notification of intention to leave the EU, issued on 29 March 2016 under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, can be unilaterally revoked.

02 October 2018 Jack Freeland Business Immigration
The Home Office civil penalty scheme is used to ensure that employers are compliant with the immigration rules by conducting proper Right to Work checks to confirm that all employees have the correct permissions to work in the UK. Where businesses are found to be in breach of their duties under the immigration rules, they can expect to be issued with a Civil Penalty Notice by the Home Office. This article will examine the Civil Penalty Notice scheme and signpost what you can do if your business is liable for a civil penalty for employing illegal workers.

26 September 2018 Grace McGill Personal Immigration
The adoption process in the UK is subject to intense scrutiny and legislation to prevent child trafficking and exploitation and is designed for minors under the age of 18 and not adults.

14 September 2018 James Ritchie Personal Immigration
 Whether a person has access to the NHS services depends on their immigration status in the UK. You may therefore be charged for certain services, whilst other services are free to all. Entitlement to NHS services has long been a confusing topic for migrants, and occasionally for the Home Office too.

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