Category: Curiosities

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: elections, Brexit and immigration

The UK’s departure from the EU would in fact be the starting date for a huge negotiation. From The Guardian.

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All migrants deserve support – not just the ‘good’ ones – Furaha Asani. Because I’m an academic, my possible deportation has caused outrage. But there are thousands of others in my position. From The Guardian.

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‘A dizzying maze’: how the UK immigration system is geared to reject. From The Guardian.

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EU settled status for family members of dual nationals. A new enquiry about the rules on settled status for EU citizens and their families after Brexit. From Free Movement.

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More than 250 British entrepreneurs have signed an open letter urging the next government to roll out a string of reforms to help the UK’s startup sector. The appeal, dubbed the Startup Manifesto, called for a reform of the visa system so that startups can attract the best talent without the barrier of bureaucracy. From City AM.

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Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens, the Brexit party and Plaid Cymru in the run-up to the 2019 UK general election. What are their policies on immigration? From The Guardian.

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US prefers no-deal Brexit according to documents obtained by Labour. From The Guardian.