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Monthly Immigration Update March 2017

Monthly Immigration Update March 2017

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Monthly Immigration Update March 2017

  • uk border29 March 2017 was a historic day: the Government triggered Article 50, which initiated the Brexit negotiating process.
  • The Supreme Court made two unfavourable decisions about spouse/partner visa rules, in which they said that the Home Office rules are generally fair and proportionate.
  • The Home Office changed its practice regarding indefinite leave to remain for successful asylum claimants: it will no longer be automatically granted after five years’ refugee status.
  • In its latest Statement of Changes the Home Office announced forthcoming changes to the Immigration Rules, including the introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge for Tier 2 migrants, the introduction of criminal certificates for certain Tier 2 categories and a further tightening up of the rules for overstayers.
  • The High Court made an interesting decision to the effect that it was unlawful for the Home Office to have removed the right of appeal for unsuccessful Ankara Agreement business visa applicants.
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