Month: May 2020

LEGAL MINUTE: news about Brexit and immigration

The UK today dismissed the EU’s offer of a two-year extension to the Brexit transition – as it emerged Boris Johnson will take personal charge of negotiations next month. Michel Barnier has repeated that the bloc is ‘open’ to prolonging the standstill period, as governments focus on the coronavirus crisis. From Daily Mail.

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The new immigration rules are not really about Brexit. They’re about ripping off workers. Covid-19 has shown what so-called low-skilled workers are really worth. But when this law comes in, things will be grim for them. From The Guardian.

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The UK government issued just 100 visas to come to the UK in April after application centres were closed due to the coronavirus, official figures show. From Independent.

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Brexit: is the UK headed for a no deal? The European Union and the British government are due to resume talks next week, the final round scheduled before a “high-level conference” in June to assess progress before the end-of-year deadline. From The Guardian.

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Between the start of the UK lockdown on 23 March and the end of April, 295 people entered immigration detention, according to a statistical report on Covid-19 and the immigration system published today. From Free Movement.

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The prime minister appeared taken aback this afternoon when told that a family with no recourse to public funds were not able to claim benefits. He was asked about a couple originally from Pakistan, granted leave to remain in the UK, who were struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Metro.

LEGAL MINUTE: new immigration system approved

A law to introduce a new post-Brexit immigration system for the UK has been given initial approval by MPs. The immigration bill repeals EU freedom of movement and introduces the new framework – though not exact details – for who can come to live in the UK. From BBC.

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Further visas extensions for those unable to return home due to coronavirus. Overseas nationals who cannot return home due to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to extend their visa until the end of July to give them peace of mind that they can stay in the UK until they are able to return home safely. From Gov.UK

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50,000 extra non-EU workers and their families will be let into the UK each year under new immigration system, but there will be 80,000 FEWER migrants from EU countries. From Daily Mail.

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An immunocompromised woman who has been shielding to protect herself from coronavirus has been given two weeks to return to New Zealand after her working visa ran out. From News.

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Priti Patel has insisted the UK Government’s Immigration Bill delivers on the promise of the 2016 referendum to “take back control of our borders”. From Herald Scotland.

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UK benefits ban leaves migrants struggling for food during lockdown. Immigration policy leaves families without access to state aid as unemployment soars. From Financial Times.

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LEGAL MINUTE: visa, Brexit and COVID-19

Coronavirus: Thousands could be forced to leave UK within weeks under current Home Office guidelines. From Independent.

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What is the future for travel and migration in age of Covid-19? Lockdowns are starting to ease but travel and migration will be disrupted for longer. From The Guardian.

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UK universities stand to lose billions if the pandemic keeps foreign students away. From Market Place.

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What coronavirus means for Brexit talks. As discussions over an EU-UK trade deal resume, negotiators are being forced to adapt to new political realities and practicalities. From Independent.

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An NHS healthcare assistant battling terminal bone cancer who is still working to continue supporting her three children in Zambia says she is desperate to bring them to the UK before it is too late. From Daily Mail.

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All foreign key workers who have been on the front line during the pandemic should be part of the government’s free visa extension scheme, say campaigners. Some migrant workers must pay thousands of pounds for new visas to stay in the UK, despite playing a vital role in keeping the country going. From BBC.

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International NHS and social care staff who have worked during the Covid-19 pandemic should be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK with their families, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. From ITV News.

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Their father died from coronavirus – now this family fears they could be forced to leave UK. From Independent.