Month: July 2019

LEGAL MINUTE: UK visa system for immigrant entrepreneurs and more

More than half of British companies with foreign staff fear they would be hurt by the government’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration system. From Reuters.

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Boris Johnson has demanded immigrants learn English, claiming there are “too many” parts of the UK where it’s not the first language and said he wanted people to feel like they were British when they moved to the UK. From The Sun.

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Stiven, now 18, was just days away from sitting his A-level exams in chemistry, biology and maths when he was given the news that his application to stay in the UK had been refused. From Mirror.

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A new package of support to help people from EU countries to continue to live and work in Wales after Brexit has been announced. The Welsh Government is to fund immigration advice and support to help people apply for settled status. From BBC.

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A Scottish plasterer and his American wife’s battle for a visa to allow her to stay here is featuring in a campaign highlighting the harsh UK visa spouse rules. From The National.

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Children as young as 10 who have spent all their lives in the UK have been denied British citizenship because of official judgments on their “good character”. From Independent.

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49 per cent of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses have at least one immigrant co-founder. The report uses a list that includes seven unicorns – startups with a valuation of $1bn or more – of which five have at least one immigrant co-founder, including Monzo and Deliveroo. From City AM.

LEGAL MINUTE: Powerful Passports, Brexit and Immigration

The list was compiled by the Henley Passport Index, which analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis. From Yahoo News.

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The French government has launched a major push to poach British game developers in the wake of Brexit, promising subsidies, tax breaks and loans to creatives who make the move across the Channel. The campaign is likely to have an appreciative audience among the British gaming industry, where concern about the impact of Brexit on access to talent, markets and funding is widespread. From The Guardian.

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A 23-year-old woman who has won offers to study astrophysics at some of Britain’s most prestigious universities, after living more than half her life in the UK, is to be deported to Pakistan, the country of her birth, where her father is demanding she marry her older cousin. From Independent.

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A gay woman wrongly deported from the UK five years ago has been told she can return in a landmark court ruling that could open the door to thousands of similar challenges. From Independent.

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EU leaders have nominated Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defence minister, as commission president. Von der Leyen has asserted that neither the UK nor the EU wants a no-deal Brexit. From The Guardian.