Month: January 2020

Know how non-citizens get a visa

LEGAL MINUTE: Brexit, royalty crisis and immigration

Many EU workers appear to be holding back from submitting applications because they wrongly believe they will be rejected because they earn less than £30,000. From Independent.

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Meghan Markle’s decision to move to Canada could affect her application to obtain British citizenship under Home Office rules. From Daily Mail.

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A royal aide released a statement saying there was no change to the duchess’ application at this time, and that she still intends to become a UK citizen. From Business Insider.

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Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade. The regulations have quadrupled in length since 2010 and are “comprehensively criticised for being poorly drafted”, says the body, which advises ministers on updating the law. From The Guardian.

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Will Boris Johnson stick to his promise not to extend the transition period, and what are the consequences of that for the kind of deal that can be done? Will he abide by his pledge not to align the UK with EU rules and standards, and what are the consequences for the UK economy? Will the EU continue to insist on that level playing field we keep hearing about, and what are the consequences of that for the prime minister’s Brexit plans? From Independent.

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Brexit supporters have been given permission for a party in London’s Parliament Square at the moment the UK leaves the EU on 31 January. The event, being organised by Leave Means Leave, is due to take place between 21:00 and 23:15 GMT. The UK will leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, 47 years after it joined the then European Economic Community in 1973. From BBC.

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There will be border checks on trade inside the UK under the Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier confirmed there would be “checks and controls” between Britain and Northern Ireland under the agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the EU. From Independent.

LEGAL MINUTE: first news of the year about Brexit

MPs have given their final backing to the bill that will implement the UK government’s Brexit deal. The Commons voted 330 to 231 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week. From BBC.

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The European parliament will express its “grave concern” about the attitude of Boris Johnson’s government to the 3.3 million EU citizens living in the UK following threats of deportation made by a British minister. From The Guardian.

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Brexit timetable: here’s what happens next as the UK prepares to leave the EU by 31 January. From iNews.

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Australia has ruled out a post-Brexit trade deal involving visa-free travel and work arrangements with the UK. The country’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said he “can’t imagine full and unfettered free movement” would be on the table during negotiations. From The Guardian.

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A Conservative campaign for Big Ben to bong specially to “celebrate” the moment Brexit goes ahead on 31 January appears to have been dashed. From Independent.

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In the months since my visa denial, I have cycled through shame, anger, and despair. I lost a permanent job which would have seen me forge a career in academic skills consultancy, changing my career trajectory completely. From Huffington Post.

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EU teachers are likely to face fees of £4,345 to work in the UK for five years after Brexit in a move that will worsen an existing recruitment crisis, ministers have been warned. From Independent.

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New research estimates that more than 100,000 children are living in London without secure immigration status, despite more than half of them having been born in the UK. From The Guardian.