The UK’s refugee family reunion rules: a comprehensive framework?

The UK’s Immigration Rules allow for refugees to be joined in the UK by immediate family members in certain circumstances. Provisions in EU law (the Dublin III Regulation) can also be used to reunite families separated across the EU/UK. The Regulations will cease to apply in the UK after the Brexit ‘transition period’. This has given extra impetus to pre-existing calls to widen the scope of the UK’s rules.…

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The Immigration Health Surcharge

Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to remain in the UK must pay an ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ (IHS) to the Home Office, in addition to the immigration application fee. The Government has a manifesto commitment to increase the charge and extend it to EEA nationals after the Brexit transition period.…

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Windrush generation: Government action to ‘right the wrongs’

Efforts by the Home Office to remedy the injustices suffered by people caught up in the Windrush scandal are ongoing. The Windrush compensation scheme has recently begun to issue award offers, and legislation underpinning the scheme has been introduced for the 2019-20 session. Some stakeholders remain dissatisfied with aspects of the Government’s response to the scandal. …

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The Common Travel Area and the special status of Irish nationals in UK law

The Common Travel Area is a special travel zone between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It dates back to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. This briefing focuses on how the CTA operates between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.…

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