Weekly Immigration News Digest 17th – 23rd February 2018

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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.
23 February 2018

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


UK hits visa cap on skilled workers for the third month in row | The Guardian | 18.2.18

In 2011 when Theresa May was Home Secretary, she introduced a cap on the number of non-EU skilled workers admitted into the UK. This cap for the first time has been hit in three consecutive months, and so many visa applications are having to be rejected. The minimum salary for someone to qualify for a skilled-worker visa has been drastically increased and is now a big threat to employers. Read the full article…

Home Office Brexit app for EU citizens put in doubt | The Guardian | 15.2.18

The Prime Minister has announced that for EU citizens coming to the UK after ‘Brexit day’, there will be no automatic right to remain. Because of this, an app that has been created to make the registration process of immigrants smoother and easier has had to be reconsidered. The app’s accessibility has been called into question by a campaign group, but the Home Office has assured that there will be assistance provided to those who do not wish to apply online. Read the full article…

EU migrant visas ‘should be for those working antisocial hours’ | The Guardian | 31.1.18

A thinktank has advised that the number of low-skilled migrants coming into the UK should be reduced, and more visas should be given to those working antisocial hours. This plan was met with strong criticism by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which claimed that it would in no way help the immigrants to integrate into society.Read the full article…

Asylum interview: 10 examples of absurdity from the Home Office | The Guardian | 11.2.18

This article documents some examples of the shortcomings of the Home Office in dealing with immigration applications, highlighting its unfair treatment of asylum seekers. Some of them of are so absurd they are almost farcical – the sad reality, of course, is that for those seeking asylum they are some of the most important decisions of their lives. Read the full article…

Net migration from Europe falls below 100,000 for first time since 2012 | The Telegraph | 22.2.18

Brexit is already having a direct effect on migration, which has dropped below six figures for the first time in six years. In recent months there has been a continuous decline. However, the total net immigration is still double the government’s target. Although Brexit is seeming to have an effect on whether people decide to move to the UK, there are still many other factors in migration. Read the full article…