Weekly Immigration News Digest 30th June – 6th July 2018

By Annabel Stuart-Bourne Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
6 July 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.

Home Office forcing immigrants to take DNA tests in breach of government’s own policy| The Independent | 4.7.18

The Independent reports on discrepancies between government policy and the actions of the Home Office, which has been said to have demanded DNA tests from immigration applicants. The immigration minister made it clear a month ago that DNA was only submitted on a voluntary basis, thus calling into question the letters from officials stating that it is ‘imperative’ to provide such information. One example cited in this article concerns a letter from the Home Office which demands a paternity test for an individual’s child, despite the fact that the child in question has already been given a British passport, and therefore deemed to be British by the Home Office. The Independent says that such hostile attitudes towards applications from immigrants lead to ‘inhumane outcomes’. Read the full article…

The Financial Times’ take on the story

UK immigration authorities separating children from parents | The Guardian | 3.7.18

In the face of the controversy surrounding the US separation of children from parents in immigrant families at the Mexican border, this article looks at what is happening in our own country, finding that the UK is in no position to take the moral high ground on the matter, as similar stories of forced separation emerge. Bail for Immigration Detainees (Bid) has been a key charity in providing information on the number of children separated from their parents who have been detained. They are a charity who challenge immigration detention, and this year have represented 155 parents who have been separated from their children whilst detained. Despite Home Office guidelines, in the last sixteen months, children from three families who have been separated from their parents have consequently been taken into care. What the Guardian does not highlight however is the fact that this figure has come down significantly in recent years: a study published in 2013 found that almost 100 children over a three-year period who were separated from their parents were placed in care. Despite the fact that there are still some children being placed in care after separation, it is good news that this number is around 9% of what it was in 2013, and there can be hope that 0% of children will be separated from their parent(s) and placed in care in the future. Read the full article…

UK Visa Applications Easier for Chinese Students | Women of China | 4.7.18

Changes to immigration rules, which come into effect on 6.7.18, mean that fewer documents will be required by Chinese students applying for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, simplifying the application process. Evidence of finances, qualifications, and English language ability is no longer required. However, UK visas and Immigration officials said they reserve the right to request that information. Read the full article…

Stockton marked Refugee Week with events | Darlington and Stockton Times | 30.6.18

Last week was Refugee Week and the residents of Stockton celebrated all that that entailed, coming to together as a community. Maaz Idrez, a refugee from Sudan, commented on the importance of such an event and the friendships formed by refugees and asylum seekers. One of the week’s organisers said it was a great opportunity to see the international culture and talent that was showcased. Read the full article…

Home Office set Windrush migrants up to fail, MPs warn in damning new report | Evening Standard | 3.7.18

This is a rather damning article about the Home Office, which questions the efficacy and humanity of the ‘hostile environment’ policy. Has the policy caused the Windrush generation to be treated fairly? The article claims that the migrants are ‘set up to fail’ by the Home Office. Read the full article…