The Home Affairs Select Committee published a highly critical report on the work of the UK Border Agency last week. Click here to read the report.
The Legal Services Commission have started a consultation on their continued support for the specialist support service. Click here for more information.
Legislation and Immigration Rules
Statement of changes Cm 8337 to the immigration rules were published on the 6th April 2012. The statement makes some minor amendments to Tier 4; introduces the cap on Tier 2 (general) applications for this and next year; and raises the skills threshold for Tiers 2 (general) and (intra company transfer) from National Qualification Framework level 4 to level 6, except where the applicant is sponsored in a shortage or specified creative sector occupation. Click here to read more.
The change to paragraph 213 of HC395 introduced last month under statement of changes HC1888, also came into effect on the 6th April 2012. Click here for more information.
Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2012 SI. 971 and the Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) Regulations 2012 SI.813 came into force on 6th April 2012. The updated regulations specify the new application fee rates for, amongst other things - limited and indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom; applications for entry clearance to enter the United Kingdom; and applications relating to nationality. They include fees for applications for entry clearance or leave to remain made under the Points-Based System set out in Part 6A of the immigration rules and for sponsor licenses and premium sponsor status.
Advocacy I - An introduction
25 April 2012, London
HJT Training re-run part 2 of their popular advocacy course at their Houndsditch training venue close to Liverpool Street station featuring practical exercises on excelling in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers. For full details click here.
Adoption, a guide for immigration practitioners
26 April 2012, London
ILPA have a course on Adoption for immigration practioners with speakers including Nadine Finch of Garden Court Chambers. The course deals with the latest developments in international adoption and immigration practice. For full details click here.
Immigration Law Books
Garden Court Chambers immigration team members are authors of numerous books which we mention from time to time.
Fransman's British Nationality Law (3rd edition)
The third edition of Fransman's British Nationality Law, written by Laurie Fransman QC and with contributions from Adrian Berry and Alison Harvey, was published in spring 2011. Price: £295.00. For full details, click here.
Macdonald's Immigration Law & Practice (8th edition)
The eighth edition of Macdonald's Immigration Law & Practice was written by Ian Macdonald QC with contributions from many members of the Garden Court Immigration Team. Price: £230.00. For full details, click here.