Since the massive changes in Immigration Rules introduced on 09 July 2012, the lawfulness of several of the Rules’ requirements relating to spouses and partners’ visas have been challenged. In 2015 the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) analysed the lawfulness of the requirement that the sponsor of a foreign spouse should earn at least £18,600…

On 01 February 2017, the new EEA Regulations 2016 came into force, replacing their predecessor, the EEA Regulations 2006. Although the changes are not dramatic, it appears that the Home Office is making the situation of EEA nationals less secure. Most application forms have been updated, and the use of these forms is now mandatory….

On 3 November 2016 the government set out specific changes to the Immigration Rules within their ‘Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC667’. English Language Requirement Many of the changes will come into force from 24 November 2016 and significant changes include, changes to the English language requirement for non-EEA partners and parents applying…

It’s been just over a month since the case of Sala (EFMs: Right of Appeal) [2016] UKUT 411, an Upper Tribunal (UT) decision was published, however the effect of this unexpected decision remains relatively unfelt. In this case the UT has held that there is no statutory right of appeal to a person claiming to…

From 10 October 2016, lodging an appeal against a decision of the Home Office has become over 500% more expensive. After a consultation process which saw strong opposition against the move, the Ministry of Justice has nonetheless decided to increase tribunal fees stating that full costs of the running of the service should be recouped….

In the wake of Brexit, in addition to the increase in applications from EU nationals applying for Permanent Residence (‘PR’) cards, the Home Office have also seen an unprecedented increase in British citizenship applications from EU nationals. The dramatic increase began last year in the run up to this years’ EU Referendum. In my experience,…

Brexit is finally upon us. Whether we like it or not, Britain is taking steps to untie itself from the European Union. On 28 August 2016, the new Prime Minister Theresa May had gathered her Cabinet ministers to discuss her exit plan and it appears that Article 50 -the official step to leave the EU-…

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