Weekly Immigration News Digest 20th – 26th January 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.
26 January 2018

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

Doctors blocked by Home Office from taking up vital NHS jobs | The Guardian | 23.1.18

Changes to the Home Office’s salary threshold for granting visas has prevented doctors from taking up positions in the NHS. A £55000 threshold set by the Home Office has meant that some doctors across the country are on salaries which are ‘too low’ under immigration rules to qualify for a visa. This has caused outrage among doctors, calling the threshold ‘arbitrary’. The Guardian gives an example of a doctor originally from India who was up for a specialised child psychiatry job, was ‘extremely distraught’ when her visa was rejected. Read the full article…

British longest serving Afghan military interpreter refused right to live in UK | The Independent | 20.1.18

Ricky, a man who has served the Afghan military for 16 years has been denied sanctuary in the UK for him and his family. This has sparked fury among the interpreter’s colleagues, who have said he showed ‘unfailing loyalty’ during his service, and therefore deserves to be granted the right to live here. There is a relocation scheme which allows interpreters to be granted sanctuary in the UK, provided that they worked on the frontline in Helmand province, but Ricky did not. Read the full article…

RESIDENCY ROW: No new residency rules for EU migrants in the UK on Brexit day, says Brussels | The Sun | 24.1.18

Brexit day will no longer be the day on which all EU citizens living in the UK will have to leave, after EU politicians have said that under no circumstances will they let this happen. Instead, those who are required to leave will have a two-year transition period. Although it was agreed by Mrs May and Mr Juncker in December that the end of residency would be March 2019, it is noted that this date is subject to change. Read the full article…

Backlash over politicians failing on immigration but Brexit can rebuild trust, says report | The Express | 15.1.18

The failure of the Home Office to deport illegal immigrants who have finished serving prison sentences is ‘undermining public trust in politicians’. It has been reported that 56000 foreign nationals are currently on the run because the Home Office has ‘lost track of them’, who have claimed that in light of Brexit, they are committed to reducing net migration figures, since it is what the British people voted for. Read the full article…