How can the Home Office tear up the British passport of a six-year-old boy born in Leeds?
Free Movement – 6 September
Colin Yeo discusses the recent case of a six-year-old boy who had his passport torn up and was denied re-entry to the UK after a holiday to Belgium. The boys Guinean mother was not allowed to leave the UK and they were separated for nearly a month. Yeo discusses the legality of this decision.
Bring back work visas for overseas graduates, say UK universities
The Guardian – 4 September
The government has been called on by UK universities to reintroduce a work visa for overseas students, which would allow those choosing to study in the UK the option to stay in the country and work for up to two years after graduation. The numbers of students choosing to study in the USA, France, Germany and Australia are growing at a much faster rate than that of the UK, and more needs to be done to encourage students to pick the UK.
Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings
The Guardian – 3 September
The Guardian has discovered that 75% of the immigration appeals brought by the Home Office are dismissed. These appeals often relate to allowing asylum seekers and migrants to remain in the UK. Such low success rates for the Home Office suggest it is needlessly lengthening the process for those applying to remain in the UK.
Brexit will deliver immigration system that works in UK’s best interest – Javid
ITV News – 30 August
According to the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, Brexit will result in an immigration system that suits the needs of the UK. Free movement will end and those who ‘bring significant benefits to the UK’ will be granted visas.
Home Office offered bonuses to Windrush firm, documents reveal
The Guardian – 28 August
According to newly released documents, the Home Office paid Capita (the private company that handled Windrush cases) a 2.5% bonus payment for reaching certain target removal rates. This bonus increased to 12.5% if the target was exceeded by more than 10%. There has been a backlash from MPs, such as Diane Abbott, in light of this revelation.