107,000 children under 16 applied under the EU settlement scheme in last 10 months
Family Law Week – 27 August
Between 28 August 2018 and 30 June 2019, 107,000 under-16s applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. 65% of those received Settled Status, whilst another 35% got Pre-Settled Status. 14,510 children are still waiting for their applications to be considered.
Home Office passport and visa chief Mark Thomson set to resign
The Guardian – 22 August
Mark Thomson, the director general of HM Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will be stepping down next year. Both sections of the Home Office have faced criticism after the Windrush scandal, and the home affairs select committee report.
Migration: UK cannot end freedom of movement on Brexit day, experts say
BBC News – 22 August
Following a claim from the Home Office that EU freedom of movement would end immediately in a no-deal Brexit, migration experts have stated that this will not be possible. There is currently no system in place to tell employers when EU nationals arrived in the country, therefore they would not be able to tell who is allowed to work in the UK legally.
Judge rejected asylum seeker who did not have gay ‘demeanour’
The Guardian – 21 August
A UK immigration judge has been accused of stereotyping after he rejected the asylum claim of a man who did not appear to be gay. The man came from a country where homosexuality is illegal but did not appear to have a gay ‘demeanour’, according to the judge.
Global Talent visa to replace Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) scheme
Kingsley Napley – 16 August
Kingsley Napley discuss a recent announcement from Boris Johnson to introduce new Global Talent visas. These would essentially replace and expand upon the current Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) scheme. The Global Talent visa would favour those with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.