Widowed father ordered to leave UK against advice of Home Office's own lawyers
The Guardian – 16 July
The Guardian reports on another case of the Home Office misusing paragraph 322(5) of the immigration rules, where the government has refused Andrew Farotade indefinite leave to remain (ILR), contrary to what their own lawyers had recommended. According to Syed Naqvi, head of the immigration department at ITN Solicitors, cases such as these demonstrate ‘a department in complete disarray’.
Court of Justice finds Surinder Singh applies to extended family members
Free Movement – 12 July
Colin Yeo discusses the case of C-89/17 Banger v UK, where the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that the unmarried partner of a British citizen who returns to the UK having previously lived in another European country, does have rights under EU law. Yeo describes this as the principle of the Surinder Singh judgment covering extended family members.
Government confirms end to freedom of movement: with potential exceptions
Personnel Today – 12 July
A government white paper has confirmed that complete free movement will end when the UK leaves the EU. Full freedom will conclude when the transition period ends in December 2020, however the paper has hinted that students and skilled workers will be granted ‘migration privileges’.
UK asylum seekers who face destitution 'wait months' for support
The Guardian – 9 July
Charity, Refugee Action, has criticised the government over the delays in providing support to asylum seekers who face ‘imminent destitution’. A person claiming asylum is supposed to receive accommodation and financial support within 14 days of their application being made. However, the average wait time for the 162 applications that were made between January and May this year was 46 days.
New GLA guidance for young Londoners on securing rights to citizenship and residence
Coram – 3 July
The Greater London Assembly has released new guidance aimed at Londoners under the age of 25, who currently have an insecure immigration status. The guidance provides information of legal rights of residence and where to access help for citizenship, education and mental health. The full guidance is available on the Coram website.