Immigration Law (2 April - 16 April)

Immigration News

'Serious flaws' in UK immigration system, Law Society warns

BBC News – 12 April

According to the Law Society, almost half of immigration decisions that go to appeal in England and Wales are overturned. These figures demonstrate a serious flaw in the immigration
that needs to be rectified before Brexit takes place. A Migration Observatory think tank has expressed concerns that EU nationals may struggle to fill in the required paperwork.

Caribbean immigrants who came to UK decades ago 'criminalised' due to 'hostile' government policy

The Independent – 11 April

Due to the government’s recent ‘hostile environment’ approach to immigration, many commonwealth citizens who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1973 are being denied NHS healthcare and facing deportation. 50,000 people who came over from the Caribbean during this time have not yet regularised their residency status. Many are calling for the Home Office to confirm the status of those who arrived from commonwealth countries.

Home Office official who became 'lynchpin' of £6m conspiracy allowing 437 illegal immigrants to stay in Britain is jailed for 11 years

The Daily Mail – 10 April

Shamsu Iqbal, a Home Office worker, has been jailed for 11 years. Iqbal played an essential part in a gang that falsified the record of 437 illegal immigrants, allowing them to remain in Britain. Statisticians from the Home Office have calculated that taxpayers may have lost as much as £58 million in illegal benefit pay-outs in the six years the scam ran for.

Soon-to-qualify GP faces deportation over missed deadline

BBC News – 9 April

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for the Home Office to reverse their decision, after Dr Luke Ong, a Singaporean doctor who has lived in the UK for more than ten years, missed his right to remain application deadline by 18 days. Dr Ong is five months away from qualifying as a GP and is no longer allowed to work. Dr Ong’s case is currently under appeal.

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’

The Guardian – 8 April

Campaigners are concerned that the government are banning young asylum seekers from receiving an education, despite promises they would not put a ‘blanket ban’ on education. According to The Guardian, numerous young refugees have been told they are now not allowed to study, causing some to potentially miss their upcoming exams.

Unlawful delays by the Home Office: a line in the sand

Free Movement – 5 April

Alexander Schymyck, author for Free Movement, discusses the case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Said [2018] EWCA Civ 627, and how debilitating the Home Office delays can be. The Court of Appeal has now given guidance on how to tackle long delays, and has claimed that in some cases the delays amount to a breach of human rights.


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