Weekly Immigration News Digest 9th – 15th June 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.
15 June 2018

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


Theresa May under pressure to ease cap on foreign doctors after 2,300 denied entry into UK | The Mirror | 12.6.18

The Mirror reports on the immigration cap that has prevented doctors coming from overseas to work in the UK. The cap has been called ‘bonkers’ and the Prime minister has come under fire over it. She is reported to be reconsidering the cap after comments from the NHS who said they cannot operate without migrant workers. Read the full article…

Immigration rules for doctors and nurses to be lifted due to NHS pressures | The Guardian | 14.6.18

After Theresa May was put under pressure to ease the cap on skilled workers from overseas, The Guardian reports that the Home Secretary has confirmed the cap will be relaxed due to NHS recruitment pressures. The article indicates that doctors and nurses will now be excluded from the visa cap for skilled workers, which will consequently free up spaces for other skilled migrants such as engineers and teachers. Mr Javid expressed the need to support our essential national services, which this relaxation of the visa cap shows. Read the full article…

‘DIFFICULT’ BREXIT FEARS: Theresa May ‘must give on migration controls’ to secure post-Brexit trade deals, warns Sir Ivan Rogers | The Sun | 12.6.18

The Sun discusses the thoughts of a former top diplomat about trade deals, who believes that other countries will be wanting more visas to become available in Britain to their young, skilled workers, otherwise the government will face difficulties in securing trade deals. The article considers other comments made by Sir Rogers about Brexit and future agreements, who is portrayed as having overwhelmingly negative opinions about it. He calls Brexit a ‘revolutionary system change’, and warns the government to recognise this and act accordingly. Read the full article…

Ministers will ‘look again’ on accepting child refugees | Metro | 13.6.18

The Metro reports on the government’s reconsideration of the definition of ‘unaccompanied child refugee’, and the laws regarding children being joined by family members whilst their asylum claims are considered. This comes after Yvette Cooper’s campaigns to reunite brother and sister refugees. However a conservative MP has said that the government has not supported the amendment that allows children to be reunited with siblings under 18 in the UK whilst seeking asylum. Read the full article…

Windrush scandal: MPs call for urgent hardship fund for victims | The Guardian | 13.6.18

The Guardian’s Home affairs correspondent highlights the need for financial help for the victims of the Windrush scandal. A hardship fund has been called for by the home affairs select committee, to support individuals who have lost jobs or face legal bills as a result of the ‘hostile environment’ policy. The number of individuals affected by the scandal is thought to be around 5000. Read the full article…