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A summary of the latest developments in Immigration law between 30 December 2019 to 8 January 2020.

Case Law:

SMO, KSP & IM (Article 15(c); identity documents)(CG) [2019] UKUT 400

Iraq Country Guidance – Indiscriminate violence – documentation and feasibility of return – internal relocation within GOI controlled Iraq – Iraqi Kurdish Region.


Upper tribunal: 

  1. The UTIAC London will be issuing Judicial Review orders and substantive decisions for statutory appeals electronically as of 3 February 2020 where an email address has been provided.

House of Commons: 

  1. House of Commons Library publishes updated briefing paper on the deportation of foreign national offenders.


  1. Brexit: EU citizens face paying £4,345 ‘teachers’ tax’ to work in UK for five years. 
  2. Home Office faces legal cases over Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Legality of allowing Harare officials to interview those awaiting removal questioned.
  3. 130 people convicted for smuggling migrants into Britain
  4. Brexit: Britain’s imminent departure from EU causing surge in dangerous channel crossings, immigration officers’ union warns
  5. Visa applications: Home Office refuses to reveal ‘high risk’ countries. Campaigners criticise decision not to reveal data in algorithm that filters UK visa applications.
  6. Chef wrongly branded sex offender faces removal from UK. Home Office trying to remove Saiful Islam despite apology and offer of compensation
  7. Thousands of asylum seekers not reporting rapes due to Home Office stigma and ‘culture of disbelief’
Sheraaz Hingora

Sheraaz Hingora is a Barrister specialising in Family law, Immigration, Human Rights and unlawful detention matters at Clarendon Park Chambers.

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