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16 February 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Can I leave the UK while my EU Settled Status application is being considered ?

Apparently, the answer is "yes": https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-caseworker-guidance

"Travel outside the Common Travel Area

An application made under Appendix EU will not be treated as automatically withdrawn if the applicant travels outside the Common Travel Area before the application has been decided."

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18 February 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Article 3 protects asylum seekers against removal even if they could leave voluntarily: https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2022/37.html

“Where an individual would be at risk if forcibly returned to a part of his country of nationality, is it a valid answer to a protection claim that he might nevertheless avoid any such risk by returning voluntarily to another part of that country, even where he does not wish to do so?”

No, says Upper Tribunal Judge Blundell in the case of SA (Removal destination; Iraq; undertakings) Iraq [2022] UKUT 37 (IAC). That individual would not be eligible for refugee status, but would be protected by Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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21 February 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> First-tier Tribunal discourages oral evidence from abroad: https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/guidance-from-the-president-of-the-first-tier-tribunals-immigration-and-asylum-chamber-witnesses-giving-evidence-from-abroad/

The President of the First-tier Tribunal has put out new guidance on witnesses dialling in to give evidence from abroad. It is decidedly negative, stressing the need to get consent — via the Foreign Office, in a prescribed manner — from the government of the country in question. Even if there is consent, the judge can simply refuse to allow it. Witnesses are strongly encouraged to give evidence in writing instead.


 

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22 February 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Mandatory GPS tagging for people on immigration bail

The new style tags are GPS devices which can track where a person is at any given time. They are fitted on a person’s leg and must be charged daily.
A bail condition requiring a person to wear a GPS tag can be combined with restrictions on their movements, including curfews and conditions on where they can go (called inclusion or exclusion zones).


 

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09 March 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber) 

>>> Which category will replace a Tier 1(Investor) route ?

According to the Home Office in their response to the ILPA’s enquiry, “…the alternative provision for investment-related migration will be delivered through the Innovator route in Autumn 2022”.

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Британія видала візи вже 4 000 біженців з України

Велика Британія з початку війни оформила візи з дозволом на проживання у країні вже 4 000 українських біженців.

Як передає Укрінформ із посиланням на Sky News, про це повідомили в міністерстві внутрішніх справ Великої Британії, повідомляє Цензор.НЕТ.

Зазначається, що тип візи, який наразі видають біженцям з України в рамках програми Ukraine Family Scheme, надається на підставі наявності в них родичів у Сполученому Королівстві.

Як поінформували в міністерстві, станом на неділю, 13 березня, українці заповнили 32 200 візових анкет, а 10 600 біженців з України записалися на співбесіди у візові центри.

Повідомляється, що наразі відкрити британську візу можна в центрах по всій Європі, включаючи Польщу та французький Кале.

На відміну від Європейського Союзу, який дозволяє українцям трирічне проживання без візи, Велика Британія зберегла контроль над в’їздом, а прем’єр-міністр Борис Джонсон сказав, що було "розумно мати базову можливість перевіряти, хто в’їжджає" до країни. Існують два основних шляхи отримання британської візи для біженців: мають бути родичі у Великій Британії або призначений британський спонсор для їх перебування у країні.

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17 March 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber) 

>>> UK wrongly insisted on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for years, EU court finds: https://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=255423&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=233107

Eligibility for NHS treatment does count as Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled. The case is C 247/20 VI v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.


 

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05 April 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Seasonal Workers must now be paid at Skilled Worker rates: https://www.gov.uk/.../workers-and-temporary-workers...

At the moment, everyone on a Seasonal Worker visa must be paid minimum wage. That means £9.50 an hour for people over 23 (the “National Living Wage”), a bit less for 21-22 year olds, and £6.83 for those aged 18 to 20.

From 6 April 2022, they must instead be paid at Skilled Worker rates. Official guidance says:

"For any worker you sponsor on the Seasonal Worker route who will be making their application for entry clearance on or after 6 April 2022, you must confirm the applicant will be paid at least £10.10 for each hour they work."

>>> Home Office agrees to reconsider landmark Ukraine asylum case: https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2020/314.html

The Home Office has agreed to withdraw its decision to refuse asylum to a Ukrainian man who evaded the military draft, meaning that an appeal from the country guidance decision of PK and OS (basic rules of human conduct) Ukraine CG [2020] UKUT 314 will no longer be heard by the Court of Appeal.

What does this mean for others?

It means that the decision in PK & OS has not been overturned by the Court of Appeal. However, those now claiming asylum on the basis of draft evasion may well be able to show that the factual background has changed: in particular, that there is no longer any sensible distinction between a conflict zone and a non-conflict zone, or over who is summoned to the military. In light of that, PK & OS may be helpful for what it says about the conduct of the conflict and association with unlawful acts.
For fresh claimants, as well as for those awaiting a decision at the First-tier or Upper Tribunal, any decision will have to be made in accordance with the situation as it is when the appeal is heard, not at the point of application. The current situation can therefore be taken into account even if the application was made before the invasion.

The Home Office has now withdrawn all its Ukraine country policy and information notes, so it will be particularly important for Ukrainian asylum seekers to put in relevant background evidence and seek permission to amend their grounds of appeal where necessary.

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06 April 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Proposed change to the lawful residence requirement for naturalisation

From the Nationality Policy Team at the Home Office, regarding nationality provisions proposed in the Nationality and Borders Bill

"...the new clause relates to naturalisation applications for British citizenship under sections 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981, and applications to register as a British citizen under section 4(2), all of which have requirements that the person should not 

The lawful residence requirement has been a cause of concern for EEA nationals who were granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the EU Settlement Scheme, but had been resident here as students or self-sufficient persons without Comprehensive Sickness Insurance.  As you know, the 1981 Act includes limited discretion to overlook periods of unlawful residence in the UK, and our guidance includes such persons in the examples of when we would normally expect to exercise discretion.  However, that discretion can only be used in the special circumstances of a particular case and so caseworkers often need to ask for further information.  Although no applications have been refused because a person did not have CSI, we are aware that our existing guidance does not give the reassurance that some EEA nationals and their family members would want. 

The amendment is intended to benefit all applicants and not just those who acquired ILR under the EU Settlement Scheme. It will mean the Home Secretary does not have to enquire into lawful residence at all where the applicant has ILR or indefinite leave to enter (ILE), however it was acquired. This will, of course, avoid us looking at periods of residence already considered in earlier applications.

We believe the change will additionally provide the certainty which people have asked for; will end the confusion over differing requirements between EUSS and nationality; will reduce the evidence required to be supplied with an application to begin with; and will aid the processing of cases in a fair and sensible manner.
You may have seen that the wording of the amendment is to “allow the Secretary of State to treat a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain as meeting certain residence requirements”. This recognises that there may be exceptional cases when we chose not to do so. This might, for example, be in cases where new information comes to light that would have affected the original ILR/ILE decision had it been known at the time. However, this is expected to be a very rare occurrence.

The good character guidance will be amended in line with this change, and so that personal immigration transgressions for those already granted ILR or ILE similarly do not lead to an application failing solely on that basis.  But it is only personal immigration history which may be overlooked: issues such as criminality will still be considered. Equally, we will still be assessing the length of absences from the UK during the residential qualifying period.

We will, of course, update guidance and application forms to reflect the change of approach in due course, and hope to be able to share our draft guidance on the new routes with you following Royal Assent."
 

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Еще один пример "тихой амнистии".

Гражданин Украины, приехал нелегально в Великобританию несколько лет тому назад.

Живет с девушкой из Евросоюза, у них общий ребенок.

Разумеется, на момент боевых действий он не был на Украине.

ВСЕ НАРУШЕНИЯ БЫЛИ АККУРАТНО УКАЗАНЫ В АНКЕТЕ.

Тщательно подготовили заявление (UFS) и подали его 1 апреля 2022 года. Биометрику сдали в понедельник, 4 апреля 2022 года. Заявление было одобрено сегодня, 7 апреля 2022 года.

Делюсь статистикой. 

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12 April 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Global Business Mobility, High Potential Individual, and Scale-up visas launch dates

From the UK BA:

"As part of the implementation of the UK Government’s Plan for Growth we have made changes to the immigration system, seeing the launch of three new visa routes:
 
⦁    Global Business Mobility, opening on 11 April 
⦁    High Potential Individual, opening on 30 May 
⦁    Scale-up, opening on 22 August 
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>>> UK Visa fee changes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-6-april-2022

>>> Temporary suspension of priority and super priority services in some out of country routes - continues

From the UK BA:

"UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is currently prioritising applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.
 
The temporarily suspended priority and super priority services for new study, work, and family applications continues. Customers with standard applications in study, work, and family routes may experience some delays in the processing of their application. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

>>> Visit visa processing times

From the UK BA:

"Standard visitor visa applications are currently taking an average of six weeks to process. The six-week processing time is a global average and we recognise that timescales may vary from region to region. 
 
Priority (PV) and super priority (SPV) services remain available in most locations for visitor applications."

>>> Indefinite leave to remain if you represent an overseas business: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/indefinite-leave-to-remain-if-you-represent-an-overseas-business?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=64cf377d-4433-4252-bc17-58c08734ca43&utm_content=immediately


 
 

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25 April 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Past British citizenship not enough to save murderer from deportation: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2022/492.html

Are you a “foreign criminal” if you were a British citizen when convicted and sentenced, but you’ve lost that citizenship by the time the Home Office decides to deport you? Yes, said the Court of Appeal in Zulfiqar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 492, agreeing with the Upper Tribunal’s decision in the same case.

>>> Afghan refugee detained for 98 days wins High Court false imprisonment appeal: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2022/866.html

Ali v The Home Office [2022] EWHC 866 (QB) is a successful appeal against the Central London County Court’s decision to dismiss the false imprisonment claim of a recognised Afghan refugee, detained for 98 days under the Detained Fast Track process in 2015. 
 

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16 May 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Can I leave the UK if I lodged a valid EUSS application ?

The answer is "Yes", according to the Home Office: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-caseworker-guidance

"Travel outside the Common Travel Area

An application made under Appendix EU will not be treated as automatically withdrawn if the applicant travels outside the Common Travel Area before the application has been decided."

>>> From  the Home Office Asylum, Protection and Enforcement office:

"‘Any person who has arrived in the UK via illegal dangerous and unnecessary methods from safe countries, since 1 January 2022 may be considered for relocation to Rwanda. This policy is one of a range of measures intended to deter migrants from putting their lives at risk, leaving safe countries. Any person who has arrived in the UK and claimed asylum prior to 1 January, or if the asylum claim is not considered inadmissible, will not be considered for relocation to Rwanda’."

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20 May 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> End of the AM (Zimbabwe) saga- the Tribunal returns to Article 3 medical cases

The official headnote

1. In Article 3 health cases two questions in relation to the initial threshold test emerge from the recent authorities of AM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 17 and Savran v Denmark (application no. 57467/15):

(1) Has the person (P) discharged the burden of establishing that he or she is “a seriously ill person”?
(2) Has P adduced evidence “capable of demonstrating” that “substantial grounds have been shown for believing” that as “a seriously ill person”, he or she “would face a real risk”:
“on account of the absence of appropriate treatment in the receiving country or the lack of access to such treatment,
[ii] of being exposed
[a] to a serious, rapid and irreversible decline in his or her state of health resulting in intense suffering, or
to a significant reduction in life expectancy”?

2. The first question is relatively straightforward issue and will generally require clear and cogent medical evidence from treating physicians in the UK.  

3. The second question is multi-layered.  In relation to (2)[ii][a] above, it is insufficient for P to merely establish that his or her condition will worsen upon removal or that there would be serious and detrimental effects.  What is required is “intense suffering”. The nature and extent of the evidence that is necessary will depend on the particular facts of the case.  Generally speaking, whilst medical experts based in the UK may be able to assist in this assessment, many cases are likely to turn on the availability of and access to treatment in the receiving state.  Such evidence is more likely to be found in reports by reputable organisations and/or clinicians and/or country experts with contemporary knowledge of or expertise in medical treatment and related country conditions in the receiving state.  Clinicians directly involved in providing relevant treatment and services in the country of return and with knowledge of treatment options in the public and private sectors, are likely to be particularly helpful.

4. It is only after the threshold test has been met and thus Article 3 is applicable, that the returning state’s obligations summarised at [130] of Savran become of relevance – see [135] of Savran.

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30 May 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=43d87915-5035-4e26-a4e0-434e5ce269c0&utm_content=immediately

The expiry date for exceptional assurance has been changed from 31 May 2022 to 30 June 2022.

>>> Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukraine-family-scheme-application-data/ukraine-family-scheme-and-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme-homes-for-ukraine-visa-data--2

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С начала войны в Британию прибыло более 70 тысяч украинских беженцев

Более 70 тыс. беженцев прибыло из Украины в Британию с начала российского вторжения.

По данным на 7 июня, Британия выдала для украинских граждан 124 400 виз (всего заявлений было подано 154 500).

Британские власти также сообщили, что 9 900 несовершеннолетних украинцев получили места в английских школах (всего заявлений было подано 11 400).

Страны Евросоюза разрешают беженцам из Украины въезжать в ЕС и находиться на его территории без визы в течение трех лет.

В Британии для украинских беженцев действует два типа виз — семейные (для тех, у кого в Британии проживают родственники) и спонсорские (в этом случае украинцам необходимо найти «спонсора» в Британии, то есть человека, который согласится приютить их у себя дома).

Как сами украинцы, так и их потенциальные спонсоры в Британии жалуются на задержки с получением необходимых для въезда документов. Также сообщалось, что уже приехавшие в страну украинцы сталкиваются с задержками в предоставлении мест в школах для детей.

 

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14 June 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> New Home Office EUSS Zambrano Guidance

From yesterday, for a period of six weeks until 25 July 2022, people will be able to apply or re-apply to the EUSS as a ‘person with a Zambrano right to reside’ and be deemed to have reasonable grounds for having missed the deadline to apply, which was 30 June 2021.

Where a person applies after 25 July 2022, they will need to show there are reasonable grounds why they missed the 30 June 2021 deadline. You can find non-exhaustive examples of such grounds at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/eligibility.

>>> Foreign convictions in deportation appeals: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2022/779.html

When the Home Office is deporting someone for being convicted of a criminal offence, does it matter what country that conviction is from?  

In practice, probably not. This seems to be the effect of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Gosturani v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 779.

This is because the public interest in deportation remains the same, regardless of whether the conviction is from the UK or abroad.

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>>> Visa processing times

From the Home Office:

"UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is currently prioritising applications made under the Ukraine Visa Scheme in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.

The customer service standard on visa processing times for out of country applications is generally 3 weeks. Currently these processing times are taking longer.

Visit visas – average of 6 weeks
Student visas – average of 5 weeks
Work visas – average of 6 weeks

These revised processing times are a global average, and we recognise that timescales may vary from region to region. Information has been updated on the Visa decision waiting times GOV.UK page and information will be provided to customers on their customer visa journey. 

‘Priority’ (PV) and ‘Super Priority’ (SPV) visa services continue to be temporarily suspended for new study, work and family visa applications but are still available for visitor visa applications in some locations and purchased via the commercial partner website."

>>> Ukrainian support

From the Home Office:

The Home Office continues to support Ukrainian nationals and their family members. We are working at pace to process visa applications as quickly as possible. 

Additional to Ukraine Visa routes available:

Immigration ID check app for the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme launched on 18 May. This will allow holders of valid Ukrainian international passports to use the Immigration ID check app to verify their identity for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme applications. This offers a fully digital service, with successful applications receiving a digital status for 36 months. Using the Immigration ID check app also means that these individuals would not need to give their biometrics in the UK using the Complete my Status process. 

>>> Apply to come to the UK - a handy GOV.UK link which gives a quick 4 step process on how to apply for a visa: https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk
 

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Британия упростит въезд для несовершеннолетних украинцев – The Times

В Великобритании хотят упростить въезд для несовершеннолетних украинцев. В частности, детям могут разрешить въезжать в страну без сопровождения взрослых.

Сейчас действующие правила запрещают въезд в Великобританию лицам младше 18 лет без сопровождения родителей или опекунов. Об этом в Twitter сообщил редактор отдела внутренней политики The Times Мэтт Датан.

По его словам, из-за существующих запретов сотни людей оказываются в затруднительном положении. Датан подчеркнул, что несовершеннолетние украинцы в таком случае подвергаются опасности российской агрессии.

Когда именно британское правительство планирует изменить правила въезда для несовершеннолетних украинцев, Мэтт Датан не уточнял.

"Министры наконец-то изменят визовые правила, чтобы украинские дети и подростки без сопровождения могли въезжать в Великобританию. Нынешние правила запрещают приезжать в Великобританию лицам моложе 18 лет, у которых нет родителей или опекунов, в результате чего сотни людей оказываются в затруднительном положении и подвергаются опасности российской агрессии", – сообщил редактор The Times.

Напомним, посол Великобритании в Украине Мелинда Симмонс подписала гарантию на 450 млн долларов из займа Всемирного банка для Украины. Размер всего займа составляет 1,5 млрд долларов.

Ранее премьер-министр Великобритании Борис Джонсон предложил начать новую масштабную программу обучения для украинских военных. В ней смогут принять участие десятки тысяч наших воинов.

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28 June 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Challenge to “deport first, appeal later” process rejected: https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2022/156.html

The Upper Tribunal has rejected a challenge to the Article 8 compliance of the “deport first, appeal later” system despite previously having ordered the Home Office to bring the claimant back to the UK to ensure he had an effective appeal. The case is R (Watson) (s. 94B process; s. 25 powers) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] UKUT 156 (IAC).

>>> Detailed policy on differential treatment of refugees announced: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/permission-to-stay-on-a-protection-route-caseworker-guidance

The government has announced the details of its much-trailed policy of treating some refugees differently to others based on their mode of arrival in the United Kingdom. The Home Office refers to this as “differentiation” but the word “discrimination” easily comes to mind.

The changes are being made today because section 12 and other related sections of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 come into force for asylum claims made on or after 28 June 2022. Some refugees will now receive what is being called “temporary refugee permission to stay” (as opposed to “refugee permission to stay”).

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>>>  Guidance on fee waivers (free applications) for entry clearance applications: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/affordability-fee-waiver-overseas-human-rights-based-applications-article-8

The Home Office has published guidance on fee waivers for entry clearance applications (in other words, when it is possible to get a visa for free). This is important as the fees are set at a level that is prohibitive for many families. 

The guidance emphasises that the test is affordability, and whether the applicant and their sponsor “do not have sufficient funds at their disposal, after meeting their essential living needs, to pay the fee”.

Who can qualify for a fee waiver?

This fee waiver is only available to those who are applying to come to the UK on the basis of their right to family or private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The guidance says, in bold, that

"Applicants will only be granted a fee waiver on the basis of their Article 8 ECHR rights in cases where the underlying human rights claim on which they rely forms a substantive basis of their application."

They must be applying under one of the following routes:

1. Paragraphs 276U and 276AA (partner or child of a member of HM Forces)

2. Paragraphs 276AD and 276AG (partner or child of a member of HM Forces) where the sponsor:

is a foreign or Commonwealth member of HM Forces
has at least 4 years’ reckonable service in HM Forces at the date of application

3. Part 8 of the immigration rules (family members) where the sponsor:

is present and settled in the UK, but not under paragraphs 319AA to 319J (points-based system (PBS) dependents), paragraphs (281-283), (sponsor granted settlement as a PBS Migrant)

has refugee or humanitarian protection status in the UK

4. Part 4 or Part 7 of Appendix Armed Forces (partner or child of a member of HM Forces) where:

the sponsor is a British citizen or has at least 4 years’ reckonable service in HM Forces at the date of application

5. Appendix FM (family members)

As with in-country fee waivers, it is possible to also request the waiver for some or all dependants, as well as the main applicant. What is not possible is paying part of the application fee and having the rest waived. So if someone cannot afford the entire fee, then it should be waived in full. It is however possible to get a fee waiver in respect of the Immigration Health Surcharge only, if the person can afford the fee but not the IHS.

The guidance explicitly states that the outcome of a fee waiver application is not a barrier to entry to the UK. That’s important because some people may worry that making such an application could in itself, affect their entry clearance application. In principle, they are completely separate.

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04 July 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>>  Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukraine-family-scheme-application-data/ukraine-family-scheme-and-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme-homes-for-ukraine-visa-data--2

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 168,600
Data is as of 28 June 2022 and comprised of:

Ukraine Family Scheme: 50,800
Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 117,800 

...The number of applications awaiting conclusion as at 28 June 2022 was 20,700. This included applications at various stages of the caseworking process and differing levels of complexity...

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13 July 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Closure of Rzeszow visa application centre (VAC)

The temporary VAC in Rzeszow, Poland - which was set up to deal exclusively with Ukraine Scheme visa applications - is closing on 22 July 2022. Customers who have an outstanding visa application submitted through the VAC in Rzeszow will be advised of the closure including where to collect their passports. 
 
Ukrainian nationals with a valid passport applying under the Ukraine Visa Schemes can complete their application online using the UK Immigration: ID check app without the need to attend a VAC. 
 
Home Office commercial partner, TLS, manages VAC appointment bookings.
VACs are currently operating throughout Europe including in:

Budapest, Hungary
Chisinau, Moldova
Warsaw, Poland 
Bucharest, Romania
Paris, France


>>>  Relocation of Warsaw visa application centre

The Warsaw visa application centre in Poland is moving to new premises on 11 July 2022.
 
New address: Business Garden Business Centre - Żwirki I Wigury 16A, 2nd floor, 02092, Warsaw
 
TLS, is notifying customers in the following ways:
updating the TLScontact Website
updating social media platforms
emailing customers with appointments booked from 11 July 2022
posting a notice on the door of the old location

>>> Family and Private Life 10-year Settlement Route

On 20 June 2022, the Settlement and Private Life immigration rules changed. 

All applications on or after this date will be assessed against these new immigration rules. 
 
The Appendix Private Life  and Appendix Settlement Family Life applies to all applications made on or after 20 June 2022. 
 

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18 July 2022 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145923 (WhatsApp/Viber)

>>> Can the financial bonds be considered as savings ?

The answer is YES, but only IF it can be shown that the bonds were owned for more than six months from the date of submission of the application and transferred to the bank account prior to the submission. See the case of https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKAITUR/2015/OA065242014.html

>>> Important Changes to Priority Visa Services offered by UKVI from 15 July: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/gbr/news/important-changes-to-priority-visa-services-offered-by-ukvi-from-15-july

UKVI have made changes to the availability of Priority Services (PV) for new visit visa applications.  From 15 July, the volume of PV appointments will be reduced to enable UKVI to process more standard applications and gradually reduce the overall processing time for all customers. Appointment availability for Super Priority services (SPV) for new visit applications will not be reduced.

Please note that PV appointments for new visit visa applications must be purchased online during the appointment booking process and cannot be purchased in the Visa Application Centre or retrospectively. SPV appointments can be purchased online during the appointment booking process.

Priority and super priority services for new study, work, and family applications continue to be suspended. UKVI continue to monitor this, and updates will be provided once these services are ready to be resumed. 

For more information on priority visa services please visit: Get a faster decision on your visa or settlement application: Applying from outside the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For more information on current visa processing times please visit: Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

>>> Apply for a visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=655d0dd6-0cfc-4b61-855a-bea98ecb4855&utm_content=immediately

Updated the guidance to include booking biometrics appointments for family groups. Also updated to include the pause in the Welsh and Scottish super sponsor arrangements and a new added section about unaccompanied minors. Average processing times for visit visas and work and invest visas updated.  Additionally, other general improvements added to help navigate the guidance. 

"If your child applied without a parent or legal guardian, or did not apply to join them in the UK

If your child has already applied under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, they will not have received a decision because they did not apply with their parent or legal guardian or to join their parent or legal guardian.

Now, their application will be assessed. To be eligible, you must have:

- proof of consent by their parent or legal guardian notarised or certified by the Guardianship service of the city/regional council in Ukraine; or, where the applicant is outside Ukraine, notary authorities or a Ukrainian consul.

- proof of consent from their parent or legal guardianship to the sponsorship arrangement

- a commitment to sponsorship for 3 years or until the child turns 18 (so long as the sponsorship lasts at least 6 months)

- approval of the sponsorship arrangement by the local authority where the child will live.

If your child has already applied, you will receive a letter with instructions on what to do next. 

Children who have not yet applied without a parent or legal guardian will be able to do so soon. We will publish guidance about this in due course."

The Home Office has now also clarified that "Your UK-based sponsor does not need to register with the Homes for Ukraine Scheme if you’re already in contact with them."

>>> Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=c065e088-5302-4763-bfd9-d9db035c41be&utm_content=immediately

Check how quickly you’ll receive a decision on your UK visa application if you are applying from outside the UK.

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