A new “health surcharge” was introduced for all new applications for entry clearance or leave to remain made on or after 6 April 2015

By on April 27, 2015

A new “health surcharge” was introduced for all new applications for entry clearance or leave to remain made on or after 6 April 2015. The charge is £150 per year for students and £200 per year for all other types of application. A charge is payable for each dependent as well as the main applicant....

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High Court finds operation of detained fast track asylum systems unlawful

By on July 16, 2014

In a landmark ruling the High Court has found that the way that the Government operates the detained fast track asylum system is unlawful. Giving judgement Mr Justice Ouseley found that the detained fast track as operated carries an unacceptably high risk of unfairness. Among the numerous deficiencies he outlined in the current system was the fact that asylum seekers are locked up for an average of a week before they can see a lawyer when nothing is happening on their cases. The Court also criticised the inadequate screening of asylum seekers’ suitability for the fast track. It found that failings at various stages of the process means that survivors of torture, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable people unsuitable for the detained fast track were not being adequately identified....

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QH (Christian Swiss) China CG [2014]

By on June 10, 2014

This case determines that in general the risk of persecution for Christians expressing the living their faith in China is very low, indeed statistically virtually negligible. The Chinese constitution specifically protects religious freedoms and the Religious Affairs Regulations 2005 sets out the conditions under which Christian churches and leaders may operate within China. There has been a rapid growth in numbers of Christians in China both in the Free State Registered churches and the unregistered or house churches. Individuals move freely between state registered churches and unregistered churches according to their preference as to worship. There may be a risk of persecution serious harm or ill-treatment engaging international protection for certain individual Christians who choose to worship in an unregistered church and who conduct themselves in such a way as to attract the local authority’s attention to them or their political social or cultural views. However, unless such individuals are the subject of an arrest warrant, his name is on the black list or he has pending sentence such risk would be limited to the local area in which the individual lives....

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The bonus that saved the day!

By on March 11, 2010

Andrea* had been in the UK as first a student and then under what was the International Gradual Scheme and what became the Tier 1 (Post Study Worker) category. However, her leave was due to expire and having established herself in industry, earning a good salary, she now qualified for Tier 1 General (formerly HSMP). ...

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The work permit that worked!

By on March 3, 2010

Mrs H* came to Danielle Cohen, UK immigration solicitor, at the end of five years as a work permit holder. Prior to her work permit, she had been a student and felt exasperated by the application process. She had hoped that she was going to be making her final application to the Home Office after completing five years as a work permit holder as she was eligible for indefinite leave to remain. ...

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