Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT Changes to visa fees from 04 October 2023: In an unsurprising change to the immigration world, the Home Office is about to increase the fees they charge for those wishing to obtain a visa. Now, we all know that inflation is a very real thing that the whole world is experiencing, let… Continue reading Changes to visa fees from 04 October 2023:
Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT Lone Asylum Seeking Children: The Home Office’s biggest failure? When we visualise asylum seekers, we often see young men. This is no surprise, as even through my research, nearly all general articles about refugees and asylum seekers on European shores have pictures of groups of young men. However, the forgotten group of… Continue reading Lone Asylum Seeking Children: The Home Office’s biggest failure?
Ali LEGAL ASSISTANT The UK Ancestry visa – the right to employment in the UK and British citizenship An overview of the UK Ancestry visa In general terms, a UK Ancestry visa is issued by the United Kingdom to a Commonwealth citizen, a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen, a British national (overseas)… Continue reading The UK Ancestry visa – the right to employment in the UK and British citizenship
Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT Operation Warm Welcome: a not so warm welcome? There’s a bit of irony in the phrase Operation Warm Welcome, in that it implies that we are extending a helping hand to those in need simply out of the kindness and purity of our hearts. But anyone who is familiar with what the… Continue reading Operation Warm Welcome: a not so warm welcome?
Gilbert TRAINEE IMMIGRATION ADVISER What Next for Ukrainians in the UK? Intro In my previous post on the statement of changes to the UK’s immigration rules, I mentioned that the deadline for new applications to the Ukrainian Extension Scheme had been extended. While welcome news for many people using the scheme, it highlights an issue… Continue reading What Next for Ukrainians in the UK?
Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT How AI could transform the Home Office It’s no secret that the Home Office has very poor organisational skills. Their failure to deal with asylum cases in appropriate time is indicative of this. As of May 2023, it was estimated that over 74,000 asylum cases were still pending. It is estimated that… Continue reading How AI could transform the Home Office
Gilbert TRAINEE IMMIGRATION ADVISER Explained: Changes to the Immigration Rules On 20 July 2023, the Home Office published a statement of changes in the UK’s immigration rules. The changes cover a number of policy areas and impact a wide array of applicants. In this post I will explain and analyse the changes and explain the… Continue reading Explained: Changes to the Immigration Rules
Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT Bibby Stockholm: A future cause of Stockholm Syndrome? Its 2023, right? 20 years ago, we always pictured the future with everything floating – cars, shops and even houses. More recently, we seem to have found a compromise in that we have accepted homes floating over water. We see these floating houses and… Continue reading Bibby Stockholm: A future cause of Stockholm Syndrome?
Gilbert TRAINEE IMMIGRATION ADVISER The Illegal Migration Act 2023: An Unworkable and Cruel Mess One of the most famous and best novels of the 20th century is Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. A work of satire about the absurdity of war and military life, the title refers to a central paradox at the centre of the plot.… Continue reading The Illegal Migration Act 2023: An Unworkable and Cruel Mess
Roshni LEGAL ASSISTANT Access to Justice: Reality or False Narrative? Introduction As the world finds itself stuck between Barbie and Oppenheimer, the Home Office finds itself stuck between the United Kingdom’s judiciary and a hard place (no surprises there). This time, the discussion is about ‘access to justice’. Hot off the (judicial) press, the case… Continue reading Access to Justice: Reality or False Narrative?