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Immigration law update for 10 August to 16 August 2019

Welcome to the Richmond Chambers immigration law update for the week of 10 August to 16 August 2019.  Another quiet week last week in terms of legal developments, with just a couple of updated country policy and information notes, but as always, immigration continues to feature prominently in the news.

Application process and practice

14.8.2019: Guidance: Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in India.

12.8.2019: Guidance: Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in Indonesia.

12.8.2019: News story: EIN: The Times: Home Office made profits of £500 million from immigration and citizenship fees last year.

Asylum process and practice

14.8.2019: Guidance: Nigeria: updated country policy and information notes.

14.8.2019: Guidance: Gambia: updated country policy and information notes.

12.8.2019: Guidance: Welcome: a guide for new refugees. A guide for adults who have been granted asylum in England to access public services and make the most of the opportunities in the UK.

Enforcement, detention, removal and deportation

15.8.2019: News story: Guardian: More than 3,000 hunger strikes at immigration centres in UK since 2015.

15.8.2019: News story: EIN: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons criticises use of restraint and finds privacy and dignity lacking on deportation flight to Nigeria and Ghana.

11.8.2019: News story: Guardian: Shackles and restraints used on hundreds of deportees from UK. David Lammy MP says ‘chilling’ figures reveal abuse of power by authorities.

European Union law, EEA free movement, settled status and Brexit 

15.8.2019: News story: GOV.UK: One million granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme. New statistics up to the end of July show more than 950,000 applications from England, 50,000 from Scotland, 15,000 from Wales and 12,000 from Northern Ireland.

14.8.2019: Resource: ILPA (membership required): ILPA commentary on the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1155).  The Regulations came into force on 15 August 2019.

Miscellaneous

13.8.2019: Briefing: Migration Observatory: The health of migrants in the UK.

Skilled Migration

14.8.2019: Guidance: Points-based system: Tier 2.

13.8.2019: News story: London First: Tight labour market means Government must create a fair and managed immigration system, says London First.

11.8.2019: Report: Centre for Social Justice: Prioritising Growth – The Future of Immigration Policy.  The right-wing think-tank, Centre for Social Justice, makes a call to raise the minimum salary threshold to £36,700 for all new foreign workers who want to live in the UK after Brexit

11.8.2019: New story: The London Economic: “All migrants must earn at least £36k a year if they want to live in UK after Brexit”, Priti Patel told

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