Immigration Law

Immigration update

Statement The Government committed to bringing net migration down in the 2019 manifesto and remains committed to doing so. In December 2020, we ended decades of uncontrolled migration from the European Union and put in place a new points-based immigration system to give ministers full control of our borders. For the first time since we […]

Home Office: Unlawful Search & Phone Seizure Practices

Between at least April 2020 and 23 November 2020, the Home Office adopted an unpublished “mobile phone policy” whereby migrants who arrived in the UK by small boats were searched and had their mobile phones and SIM cards seized. In some cases, immigration officials demanded PIN numbers and claimed that migrants were legally required to […]

When (HMRC) records go wrong

Becket Bedford is currently embroiled in the intricacies of EEA deport notices. They involve public law arguments and the slow process of incremental gains e.g., R (Costea) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 1685 (Admin) or R (Mendes) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 115 (Admin). So, courtesy of Jay Islam at Fountains Solicitors, it felt good to be in the tribunal this month […]

Red list countries added!

Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines have been added to England’s coronavirus “red list”. This will take effect from 4am on Friday, 9 April, is in response to concerns about new variants of COVID-19, like those first detected in South Africa and Brazil. It means international visitors who have departed from or transited through those […]

Priti Patel promises overhaul of asylum seeker rules

Article by our Solicitor Keerum Akhtar 24.03.021 Yet again, Priti Patel claims the headlines with her plans to “crack” down on asylum. Whilst a fair asylum process,  more reasonable then the one we currently have is welcomed the information projected is not in touch with the reality that many asylum seekers  face. As practitioners  who […]

Is your Visa expiring soon?

If you or anyone you know is currently in the UK with limited leave to remain, it is vital that an application to extend that leave is made within the correct timeframe. Applications for further leave to remain can be submitted from 28 days before expiry of the visa. We recommend coming to us around […]

From Yemen to the UK: Noor’s story

Fahd Al Mashehari of Fountain Solicitors Manchester office translating for the Guardian newspapers 11.01.2021 – Tel: 0161 399 2786 Anushka Asthana talks to Noor*, 29, who escaped from Yemen when her life was threatened because of her work as a human rights campaigner focusing on girls’ rights to education and the right for children not […]

Joining Family Members after Brexit under EEA Settlement Scheme

Article by Asya Chaudhry – Solicitor at Fountain Solicitors The Statement of Changes In Immigration Rules HC 813, published on 22 October 2020, sets out significant changes to the Immigration Rules, which allow EEA or Swiss citizens resident in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 to be joined by their family members under Appendix EU. Under the […]