RSL Blog

Entrepreneur visas – update

As we recently reported, the Home Office has introduced two new entrepreneur visas: the Start-Up visa and the Innovator visa. These visas came live on 29 March: but rather prematurely it might appear, because there was no policy guidance available and the relevant immigration rules looked rather sparse. However, we are pleased to say that both policy guidance documents have now become available and we are also pleased that it seems right to say that the rules for both these visas are

New Tier 1 rules – Innovators and Start-Ups

In its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules the Home Office has announced various changes to Tier 1 of the points-based system. As previously indicated, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visas are going to be abolished. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route will be abolished on 28 March 2019 and no applications will be possible after that date. Two new visa schemes, the Start-Up visa and the Innovator visa, are being created and they will come

Right to rent – is it legal?

We are tempted to feel sorry for Prime Minister Theresa May. In the course of her Brexit struggles she is clearly experiencing a “hostile environment” in Parliament and she is finding it very difficult to persuade and cajole unwilling parliamentarians. But a few years ago, when she was Home Secretary, the boot was on the other foot and it was she who was creating such a hostile environment. Under her watch Parliament passed various items of legislation to make life difficult

Immigration Judge tries to change his mind – unsuccessfully

As those who spend their time hanging around the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal will know, sometimes the Immigration Judge gives a verbal decision at the end of the hearing. In such cases it seems, in practice, that the Judge will only do so when the decision is positive (ie when the migrant is successful). And – highly presumably – only when they are sure that the migrant’s case should succeed. If the case is complicated or requires further analysis then they

Could you be deprived of your British citizenship?

This is a question that recently came to the fore in the media with the case of Shamima Begum, the teenager from London who went to join Islamic State (deemed to be a terrorist organisation) in Syria. She is – or rather was – a British citizen and the Home Secretary has stripped her of her British citizenship. Or at any rate he thinks he has but she is going to appeal. Whatever the facts of this particular case certainly the

Brexit – EEA immigration rights – where are we?

The idea of Brexit seemed a simple one: The People (or some of them at any rate) would be able to vote in a referendum to decide whether the UK should remain in the EU or leave. Subsequently the Government would implement or abide by The People’s decision. But it became a great deal more complicated than that. The Government has discovered – and increasingly so as events have moved on – that it cannot act freely without agreement from Parliament.

Ten years’ continuous residence – settlement – appeal

As many readers may know, there is a rule within the immigration rules that enables migrants who have lived in the UK for ten continuous years – under any type of visa or any combination of visas – to acquire indefinite leave to remain (ie settlement) on that basis. The principle is a simple one and, unless there are any significant countervailing factors, the migrant can rely on it. Briefly and basically, the applicant has to show that they have been

Immigration Rules – children – sole responsibility

The UK Immigration Rules generally cater quite well for close dependants, ie partners and children. If the main applicant (in, for example, working, investment or study visa categories) meets all the various visa application requirements their close dependants can – unless there are any strongly adverse factors – successfully apply for dependant visas. If the main applicant’s application is unsuccessful then of course the dependants’ applications are refused as well – a dependant’s application stands or falls with that of the

Extradition request from Russia – Shmatko case

A recent case in the High Court of England and Wales, “Alexey Shmatko and The Russian Federation”, threw some interesting light on extradition requests from Russia and the view of the British courts. Some people might be surprised to know that Russia and the UK have an extradition arrangement. Also perhaps surprising for some is the fact that Russia, being a member of the Council of Europe, purportedly submits to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. So on

Extradition requests from Russia – continued

We recently reported about the High Court case of “Shmatko”, in which Mr Shmatko successfully resisted extradition to Russia. He won the case on the basis of unacceptable conditions within the Russian prison system and human rights, but the court also appeared to have some strong feelings about the inadequacies of the Russian courts and justice system, although these issues were not fully tested. The court’s judgement reminded us of the interesting fact that some recent extradition requests from Russia to the