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UPDATE ON CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED NEW TRIBUNAL PROCEDURE (FIRST-TIER TRIBUNAL) (IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM CHAMBER) RULE

On 8 January 2015 the Tribunal Procedure Committee Secretariat published a statement outlining that the Tribunal Procedure...

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UK IMMIGRATION RULES REQUIRING VISAS FOR NON-EU FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU CITIZENS TRAVELLING TO UK ARE IN BREACH OF EU LAW

On 18 December 2014 the European Court Of Justice ('ECJ') gave judgment in the case of Sean Ambrose McCarthy and Others v...

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THE END OF ROUTE FOR LEAVE TO REMAIN APPLICATIONS UNDER TIER 1 (GENERAL) CATEGORY IS FAST APPROACHING!

The changes to the Immigration Rules mean that Tier 1 (General) migrants can no longer extend their leave to remain after 5 April 2015 or apply...

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HOME OFFICE CHANGES GOOD CHARACTER CRITERIA FOR NATURALISATION

In an almost unpublicised move, the Home Office has made amendments to its guidance for assessing good character in nationality applications. The...

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PROPORTIONALITY AND THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

For many years one of the most frequent criticisms of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) scheme, which governs extradition between EU member states...

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2015 - PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

2014 was a year of significant changes for UK immigration law. The year saw the implementation of the Immigration Act 2014 with...

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REMINDER: TIER 1 GENERAL EXTENSIONS DEADLINE 6/4/15

Reminder, Tier 1 General migrants who wish to extend their stay must apply before 6 April 2015 otherwise they will not be able to extend any...

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CHANGES FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO STAY IN THE UK FOLLOWING GRADUATION?

In late December 2014 Home Secretary Theresa May proposed to implement changes to the Immigration Rules in respect of Tier 4 students. These would...

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GHERSON WELCOMES CHARLIE BURNETT TO OUR IMMIGRATION LITIGATION TEAM

Charlie joined Gherson at the start of the year, he was previously at Imran Khan and Partners. We wish him every success at Gherson.

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PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL WORKING: CIVIL PENALTIES

The value of civil penalties issued by the Home Office for the six-month period 1 January to 30 June 2014 exceeded...

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SHRIEN DEWANI - CASE DISMISSED - NO PRIMA FACIE CASE?

On 8 December 2014 a court in South Africa dismissed the case against Shrien Dewani, who was accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni in...

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STAMP DUTY CHANGES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR DISCREET LAW CLIENTS

George Osborne delivered the last Autumn Statement of the current Parliament on Wednesday 3 December 2014. A raft of measures were announced...

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