Immigration Law News
The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights has warned that the new Immigration Bill's proposed new appeal rights have serious implications for access for justice. To read more, click here.
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has published his Annual Report for 2012/13. For more information, click here.
The Home Office has awarded a contract to Migrant Helpline Ltd to run an asylum support application service for asylum seekers. The contract is due to start from 1 April 2014. For more information, click here.
Immigration Law Cases
AA v Entry Clearance Officer (Addis Ababa)  UKSC 81
18 December 2013
The family reunion provisions of Para. 352D HC 395 (with reference to the definition of 'a parent' in para.6 of HC 395 and 'adoption' in Para. 309A of HC 395) did not include a refugee who had legal guardianship for a child via the Islamic procedure of Kafala. Lord Carnwath was critical that the test for adoption in Para. 309A was applied to refugees and invited the Secretary of State to amend the rules. For the judgment, click here.
Ismail, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3921 (Admin)
13 December 2013
The Honourable Mrs Justice Lang DBE found that an ongoing concern over a Somali national's likelihood of absconding and/or re-offending meant that his continued detention was not unlawful. He had already spent 18 months in immigration detention and it was expected that his appeal against a deportation order could take a further year. For the judgment, click here.
Immigration Law Training
Four-day training - LAA (LSC) 2/OISC 3 Accreditation
Tuesday 7 January 2014 to Friday 10 January 2014, 10:00 to 17:00, London
HJT Training run their four-day training course designed to cater expressly for the various immigration accreditation exams, including the new-style OISC exams.
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.
Immigration Practice and Procedure in Family Proceedings
This practical new work by Nadine Finch, Omar Shibli, Anthony Vaughan concentrates on the immigration procedures, law and rules relevant to family proceedings. Price: £60.00. 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.