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Immigration law update for 3 August to 9 August 2019

Welcome to the Richmond Chambers immigration law update for the week of 3 August to 9 August 2019.  A relatively quiet week last week, but highlights include Boris Johnson setting out his vision to cement the UK as a science superpower, while a new a report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons criticises private security guards for tying up migrants on deportation flights. 

Application process and practice

7.8.2019: Guidance: New Zealand: apply for a UK visa. Information about applying for a UK visa in New Zealand.

7.8.2019: Guidance: Australia: apply for a UK visa. Information about applying for a UK visa in Australia.

7.8.2019: Transparency data: UKVI Service and Support Centres DPIA. Data Protection Impact Assessment for Service and Support Centres in UKVI.

5.8.2019: Guidance: Applications from overstayers: Guidance for how UK Visas and Immigration considers applications for further leave to remain made by applicants without valid leave.

5.8.2019: Guidance: Applying for a UK visa: updated list of approved English language tests

Asylum process and practice

9.8.2019: Guidance: Jamaica: updated country policy and information notes.

British nationality law 

7.8.2019: Case-law: Islam, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2169 (Admin):  A challenge to a former Home Secretary’s decision to deprive a British citizen who joined ISIL of his nationality.  Amongst the Court’s findings were that a deprivation notice can be given to and served on a citizen while he or she is overseas, the power to deprive cannot be exercised so as to render a citizen stateless, whether the Claimant did or did not know about the deprivation decision, it was not arguable that the Home Secretary had acted unlawfully in seeking to give him notice at his last-known address, the deprivation decision did not unjustifiably discriminate against dual nationals, the Home Secretary was not under any legal duty to make arrangements to repatriate the Claimant in order that he could be tried in the United Kingdom and there was no arguable human rights claim because the possible imposition of the death penalty was entirely because of the Claimant’s own actions in travelling to Syria and engaging in jihad.

Enforcement, detention, removal and deportation

9.8.2019: Report: HM Inspectorate of Prisons: Nigeria and Ghana escort and removals: HM Inspectorate of Prisons criticises private security guards for tying up migrants on deportation flights to Nigeria and Ghana.

9.8.2019: News story: Guardian. Deportation flight lacks ‘common decency’, Home Office warned. Inspection criticises 14 hours of restraint and privacy failings on plane to Nigeria and Ghana.

8.8.2019: Guidance: Powers and operational procedure. Guidance and information on administrative and criminal powers for officers dealing with immigration enforcement matters within the UK.

8.8.2019: Transparency data: Country returns guide. Guidance on returning immigration offenders to their country of origin.

8.8.2019: News story: Guardian: Immigration centre abuse inquiry must be held in public, court says. Court also rejects Home Office argument that 21 G4S staff involved in abuse claims should not have to give evidence.

6.8.2019: News story: EIN: Government criticised for rejecting Commons committee’s recommendation for a 28-day limit on immigration detention

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

9.8.2019: Guidance: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens. Organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

6.8.2019: Guidance: EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance. Guidance for caseworkers considering applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

6.8.2019: Guidance: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations. Locations where you can go to get your biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC).

Immigration control and the hostile environment 

9.8.2019: Press release: Migration Watch: 30 million UK adults want to see immigration reduced according to calculations by Migration Watch.

6.8.2019: News story: Guardian: Professor hits out at Home Office after 100 border stops in seven years.


9.8.2019: Guidance: Indefinite leave to remain in the UK: your rights and status.

Skilled Migration

8.8.2019: Press release: GOV.UK PM sets out vision to cement UK as a science superpower. The world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules.

8.8.2019: News story: Guardian: UK to ease visa restrictions on top scientists post-BrexitBoris Johnson plans measures to counter fears of damage to Britain’s research reputation from no deal.


6.8.2019: Guidance: Sponsor guidance appendix D: keeping records for sponsorship. Guide to the sponsorship documents that businesses and educational institutions must keep.


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