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Family members of British citizens: the Surinder Singh route after Brexit
A set of new immigration rules applicable to European nationals – Appendix EU – has been updated on 30th March 2019 to include rules applicable to family members of British citizens who have lived in another EEA country and wish to return to the UK. British citizen who move in another European country and then… Read More
Asylum statements: essential foundations or risk of collapse?
We all agree that taking a witness statement when preparing an appeal is necessary, but when it comes to statements in the context of asylum applications, views tend to differ. Some legal representatives believe that a statement is a crucial part of evidence, and indeed the foundation of the whole claim, whilst others maintain that … Read More
For better or worse: the new Legal Aid Immigration contract
The new LAA immigration contract is due to start on 1st September 2018. Old hands and new entrants are busy completing the verification process, which consists in providing the LAA with evidence that they meet the contractual requirements specified in the tendering process. Many firms are ready, whilst other are still trying to recruit an… Read More
Windrush Scheme Application Form Uploaded on Home Office Website
On 30 May 2018, the Home Office updated once again their “Windrush page”, by adding a new application form which can be used by in-country applicants. A new form to apply from abroad should be published soon and in the meantime, applicants overseas who think they are eligible, can contact the dedicated taskforce who should… Read More
New Home Office guidance to request your file under GDPR
I am sure you all know that on 25 May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, has come into force. Every organisation that handles sensitive data need to comply with the new law, which has specific provisions for “special categories of personal data” including race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, sexual orientation, health and biometric data. Does it sound… Read More
Can you be the next Exceptional Talent?
On 15 November 2017 the government has announced that the number of visas available to people who are considered leaders or show promise in the fields of technology, art, science and creative industries will be doubled. This is a clear sign that, despite the general anti-immigration climate, the UK is open to host exceptional people… Read More
Is it worth applying for EEA Permanent Residence?
The gov.uk website states that “there is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything now, including applying for a permanent residence document. There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU”. But put another way, this means… Read More
The 7 most common errors in EEA Permanent Residence applications
With Brexit looming, EEA nationals who have lived in the UK for 5 years or more are considering requesting British citizenship in order to avoid the hassle of having to apply for the new – and yet unknown- settled status that the Home Office intends to introduce as a replacement of the EEA permanent… Read More