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Weekly Immigration Update 13 July 2020

Sheraaz Hingora is a Barrister specialising in Immigration and Asylum law, Public law, Family law and false imprisonment claims at Clarendon Park Chambers.
13 Jul 2020

A summary of the latest developments in Immigration law between 26 2020 to 13 July 2020.


Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. Updated advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
  2. Updated courts and tribunals planning and preparation
  3. Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents – Updated process on biometric information.

General Guidance:

  1. Country returns guide. Updated country returns guide: various updates to country processes.
  2. Responses to reports by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
  3. Application for change of conditions of leave to allow access to public funds if your circumstances change
  4. Guidance on applications under Global Talent
  5. The UK’s future skills-based immigration system: advisory group membership – Updated list of advisory groups.
  6. Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and leaving care: funding instructions – Added temporary amendment to UASC funding to local authorities.

Country Guidance:

  1. Malaysia – added new country policy and information note on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  2. Iraq – Updated note on internal relocation, civil documentation and returns.

Practitioner-made Guidance:

  1. Covid-19 and immigration appeals: updated guide for unrepresented appellants

Policy Paper:


  1. Migrants rescued after boat capsizes in Channel | Immigration and asylum
  2. Priti Patel to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration plans | Immigration and asylum
  3. ‘Flawed’ test denies EU migrants universal credit, thinktank warns | Society
  4. LGBT asylum seekers’ claims routinely rejected in Europe and UK | UK news | The Guardian
  5. ‘People will die’: Priti Patel warned immigration policy will force thousands back on the streets | The Independent
  6. Care homes face staffing ‘black hole’ with new immigration bill – BBC News
  7. London councils call on government to suspend NRPF immigration status | UK news | The Guardian
  8. New reports by refugee support organisations and the National Audit Office examine changes to the asylum accommodation and support system | Electronic Immigration Network
  9. UK Brexit negotiator meets EU counterpart in bid to revive talks | Brexit | The Guardian
  10. London-born twins face deportation to different countries | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian
  11. Windrush – at least five who applied for compensation die before receiving it | Windrush scandal | The Guardian
  12. ‘The fury pours from the screen’: the Windrush Betrayal film made in lockdown | Film | The Guardian
  13. Inspection report published: An inspection of the Handling of Complaints and MP’s Correspondence by the Home Office Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)
  14. Migrant women deliberately left out of UK abuse bill, say campaigners | Society | The Guardian
  15. Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM | Female genital mutilation (FGM) | The Guardian
  16. MoJ promises full consultation on immigration fee reform | News | Law Gazette
  17. Foreign Secretary announces new immigration route after China imposes national security law on Hong Kong | Electronic Immigration Network
  18. Immigration rules stop people getting support during coronavirus pandemic
  19. ‘Office for talent’ to be set up for scientists who want to work in UK | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian
  20. Dr Durga Sivasathiaseelan: ‘Charging migrants for NHS services needs to stop.’ The GP, who runs a mobile clinic, on getting healthcare to rough sleepers and refugees during the coronavirus crisis.
  21. Former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz wins 16-year battle to stay in UK. Fawaz, who was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria as a child, won his Home Office appeal last week.

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