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New Syria Country Guidance Determination from Upper Tribunal – KB (Syria)

The Upper Tribunal has issued its determination in the new Syria CG case; KB (Failed asylum seekers and forced returnees) Syria CG [2012] UKUT 00426 (IAC): http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2012/00426_ukut_iac_2012_kb_syria_cg.html Head note is as follows – a. This country guidance replaces previous guidance in SA & IA (Undocumented Kurds) Syria CG [2009] UKAIT 00006. b. In the context […]

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Iranian Christian Convert

SA (Iran), R (on the application of) v SSHD [2012] EWHC 2575 (Admin) In a judicial review against a certification of an asylum claim by an Iranian Christian convert under S.94(2) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, his Honour Judge Gilbert QC found that current evidence pointed to a greater risk for Iranian […]

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Controversial new human rights rules rejected

The Upper Tribunal has rejected the Government’s attempt exhaustively to define the scope and meaning of Article 8 private and family life in the controversial new immigration rules introduced in July 2012. The case is MF (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2012] UKUT 00393 (IAC). In short the tribunal holds that immigration judges must […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Changes To Immigration Rules

Just over a week since far-reaching new immigration rules took effect – which will permanently separate many British citizens or settled residents from their non-European spouses, children and ageing relatives – the home secretary has suffered a severe defeat in the supreme court. In the case of Alvi [2012] UKSC 33, handed down today, the […]

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Zimbabwe Country Guidance case overturned

The existing Country Guidance case on Zimbawe, that of EM and Others (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2011] UKUT 98 (IAC), has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The grounds of appeal were particularly strong: that the tribunal had wrongly relied on completely anonymous evidence where the identity of the source was unknown even to the […]

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Angered by UK immigration policy, commonwealth commissioners tell the UK “we don’t see the point of being in the Commonwealth”

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s (APPG on Migration) roundtable debate on the benefits of commonwealth migration and trade saw an unusual cross-party alliance but surprising anger from commissioners who make up the UK’s commonwealth migrant-supply chain. The meeting was organised by the Migrants’ Rights Network parliamentary voice: the APPG on Migration. The meeting brought […]

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Changes to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006

On 16 July 2012, the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 will change. The amended regulations will set out the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and will also confirm the criteria for rights to permanent residence. The amended regulations will set out the rights of […]

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Ministers announce family visit visa appeal rights to be scrapped

Last week the Immigration Minister Damian Green made the first of a number of anticipated announcements regarding reform of the family migration route in the UK. He confirmed that foreign nationals who are refused a visa for a short visit to see family members in the UK will lose the full right to appeal the […]

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