Syrian refugees were returned to their country of origin from a Turkish refugee camp, due to security concerns according to the Turkish authorities.
A report on detention conditions in Poland found that detention centres are modelled on prison facilities which the NGOs have warned enhances a feeling of oppression among the migrants. Personal inspections, inappropriate conduct by the Border Guards calling detainees by their identification numbers and threatening them with deportation without any justification, and random night time room checks were documented in the report, as well as instances of stringently regulated meal and recreation times. Click here for more information.
Lord Avebury wrote a letter to Mark Harper, Minister for Immigration, regarding Gay men asylum seekers from Gambia on 4 April 2013, pointing out that governmental tirades against gay men suggested that their asylum claims could not rationally be treated as clearly unfounded. Click here for more information. (log in required to access link).
There will be an increase in fees for visa applications made from overseas and applications made from within the UK from Saturday 6 April 2013. Click here for more information.
New immigration rules enter force on 6 April - the changes are, vis-á-vis The Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) route, to include additional places for talented MBA graduates from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), also including the UK Trade and Investment's elite global graduate entrepreneur scheme; regarding the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route, the application process will be split so that applicants will no longer have to pay the full fee up front and applicants will not have to submit their passport while their application for endorsement by a designated competent body is being considered. Under Tier 2 there will improved flexibility for intra-company transferees and for employers carrying out the resident labour market test; and under Tier 4, to allow completing PhD students to stay in the UK for one year beyond the end of their course to find skilled work or to set up as an entrepreneur. Additionally there are new versions of the shortage occupation list and the codes of practice for skilled workers. Click here for more information.
Anderson FE (AP), Re Judicial Review  ScotCS CSOH_52 (04 April 2013)
Lord Drummond Young sitting in the Scottish Court of Session, Outer House, found that the existence of restricted leave to remain under the transitional arrangements in no way absolved the respondent of her responsibility for considering whether the case of a returning resident seeking to resume their settlement here should be considered under the Immigration Directorates' Instructions, at Chapter 1, Section 14, dealing with leave outside the Immigration Rules. Click here to read the judgment.
HTJ Training: OISC level 1
Tuesday 9 April 2013
HJT runs its single day OISC level 1 accreditation course in London. Click here for more information.
ILPA Training: Indefinite leave to remain
Wednesday 17 April 2013
ILPA will be running a course on indefinite leave to remain in central London. Click here for more information.
ILPA Training: Implementing and Delivering Free Movement of EU Workers and Citizens in the UK
Friday 19 April ILPA
A full day conference on Implementing and Delivering Free Movement of EU Workers and Citizens in the UK. Click here for more information.
HTJ Training : The Secret of Success at the First-tier Tribunal
Wednesday 1 May 2013
David Jones of HJT Training presents a course dealing with all aspects of advocacy in immigration first instance cases. Click here for more information.
HTJ Training: Unlawful Detention
Thursday 2 May 2013
HTJ will be running a course on all aspects of running unlawful detention cases. Click here for more information.
JCWI Training: Tier 2 and the New April 2013 Changes- what you need to know
Wednesday 15 May 2013
10am to 1:15pm (Central London) - Trainer: Rimmy Bedi (Magrath LLP) and Navtej Singh Ahluwalia (Garden Court Chambers). The purpose of the sessions is to gain up to date knowledge and understanding of the requirements for Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) applications including extensions plus settlement with reference to the latest version of the Immigration Rules, Tier 2 Sponsor Duties including legal right to work, compliance/reporting sponsor obligations and Best Practice tips for UKBA audits; and Remedies and Challenges for Tier 2 workers. Click here for more information.
Immigration Law Books
Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team members are authors of numerous books which we mention from time to time.
Asylum Law and Practice (2nd edition)
The second edition of Asylum Law and Practice by Mark Symes and Peter Jorro is published, and has been described as "pre-eminent" by Lord Brown. Price: £138.00. For full details, click here.
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.