The UKBA have paid out a record amount in damages for unlawfully detaining asylum seeking children. Read more
The SSHD has used powers in the EEA Regs. 2006 (SI 2006 / 1003), reg. 19(1) to exclude a far right Dutch MP from entering the UK on public policy, public security grounds. Read More
UKBA are extending visa requirements to visitors from Bolivia, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Venezuela.
The Government has announced its proposed fee levels for all visa, immigration and nationality applications and services in 2009/10.
The UKBA is seeking to extend, by Regulations laid before Parliament, the category of immigrants who are to receive identity cards for foreign nationals, requiring them to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application from 31 March 2009.
In R (Kagabo) v SSHD  EWHC 153 (Admin), Pitchford J held that 2002 Act, s. 78 ('no removal while appeal pending') does not protect a person from being removed from the UK during the period in which she has sought to institute a first instance appeal to the AIT by lodging notice of appeal out of time but before a preliminary decision has been made by the AIT on whether to extend time. However, a decision to remove while an extension of time application is awaiting decision is reviewable by the High Court in proceedings for judicial review.
Reminder of the Conference on International Refugee Law at Garden Court Chambers on Tuesday 3rd March 2009 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Guest Speaker Professor James Hathaway addresses contemporary issues regarding the Refugee Convention - Exclusion from Refugee Status (Article 1(F)), Serious Crimes and Danger to the Community (Article 33(2)).