Category: Law and Immigration

LEGAL MINUTE: immigration and lockdown in the UK

The government must reform immigration rules for foreign-born medical staff working in the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a top professional body for doctors in the UK. From Independent.

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A video featuring UK residents and people of foreign heritage reciting an anti-racist poem has highlighted the crucial role immigrant workers are playing in the Covid-19 outbreak. From The Guardian.

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A woman who has lived in the UK for seven years has been ordered to leave the country within days or face deportation, despite the government advising against all travel during ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From Independent.

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Gaps in Government data are making it difficult to know whether the EU Settlement Scheme is working, immigration experts have claimed. From This is local London.

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After the government banned weddings on 23 March, to prevent the coronavirus pandemic spreading, Liu and Holford have found themselves in immigration limbo. From The Guardian.

Legal Minute: immigration and lockdown in the UK

UK sticks to December 2020 Brexit deadline despite coronavirus. From City AM.

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Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. From Personnel Today

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Post-Brexit trade talks are continuing with the EU “in these difficult times”, according to the UK’s chief negotiator. From BBC.

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The world’s most powerful passports in the age of coronavirus. From CNN.

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As several countries relax immigration rules for medically-trained refugees and migrants in the wake of coronavirus, campaigners are calling for Britain to follow suit. From The Guardian.

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There has been a marked change in the immigration conversation as the coronavirus crisis exposes vulnerabilities that had been swept under the carpet during the Brexit process. ].

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The Good Morning Britain presenter’s, Piers Morgan, has insisted that we need to break the stigma when it comes to immigration in the UK when the coronavirus pandemic is over. From Metro.

Legal Minute: Brexit and immigration during the pandemic

Doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year. The extension will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire before 1 October. From Gov.UK.

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An elderly woman with lung cancer has been told by the Home Office she must return to Ukraine despite a ban on all air traffic to the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, her lawyer has said. From Independent.

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Campaigners fear that EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK are at risk of becoming illegal as the government diverts resources to fight coronavirus. From The Guardian.

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Two thirds of Britons want Boris Johnson to delay post-Brexit trade talks so he can focus on coronavirus, a poll suggests. The PM has repeatedly insisted that the deadline will not be extended, and it has been enshrined in law as part of the Withdrawal Act.  From Daily Mail.

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The largest group in the European parliament has urged the UK government to do the “responsible thing” and extend the Brexit transition period, as coronavirus plays havoc with the timetable for an EU-UK deal. From The Guardian.

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With EU migrants prevented from travelling, UK agriculture gets a preview of a post-Brexit world. From Emerging Europe.

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High-skilled migrant workers have been left stranded between jobs with no income after the Home Office closed all of its fingerprint processing services overnight because of the coronavirus outbreak. From iNews.

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LEGAL MINUTE: immigration during the pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. From Gov.UK.

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Why are Britain’s borders STILL open? From Daily Mail

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The UK logistics sector has demanded that Prime Minister Boris Johnson extends the Brexit transition period, due to end in December, warning that the “once in a lifetime” coronavirus pandemic must be dealt with first. From Business Insider.

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United Kingdom immigration officials have detained and tested nearly 100 migrants attempting to enter the country Wednesday during the coronavirus outbreak. From Fox News.

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Hundreds of refugee doctors have called on the government and the General Medical Council to fast-track their accreditation so they can help the NHS tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. From The Guardian.

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LEGAL MINUTE: immigration during Coronavirus crises

How LondonHelp4u is fighting Coronavirus. We are prepared for social distance and we continue to serve our customers. From LH4U.

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Boris Johnson has said there is ‘no talk’ of extending the Brexit transition period despite the coronavirus crisis. The outbreak has cancelled trade talks between the EU and the UK but the British Prime Minister said the deadline remained December 31. From Metro.

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The Immigration Health Surcharge is to increase from £400 to £624 in October 2020, the government has announced. This measure increases the Immigration Health Surcharge from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year for each surcharge liable non-EEA temporary migrant (including dependants). From LH4U.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance. Guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). From Gov.UK.

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Fears are growing for people living in the UK on a working visa who face redundancy due to businesses being put under pressure by the new coronavirus measures. Those who move to the UK with work have strict conditions relating to their right to live in the country and if they lose their job they could be given just weeks to move back to their country of birth. From iNews.

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The U.K. human rights charity Detention Action has taken a legal challenge to the government to release thousands of detainees in U.K. Immigration Removal Centers during the Covid-19 crisis. From Forbes.

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The latest statistics on the government’s EU settlement scheme, published on Thursday, show 300 people have been refused settled status. These individuals will not have a right to live in Britain after the deadline of June 2021, unless they successfully appeal the decision. From Independent.