Category: General News

LEGAL MINUTE: the news about immigration in the UK from the last days

Racism and race-related hate crime has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, with officers appointed to deal with resultant “tensions”. 24 community cohesion officers are being appointed by councils across Wales. They will focus in particular on developing strong links with European Union citizens and other minority groups which might feel susceptible to Brexit tensions. From BBC.

Two young, blind musicians, who were due to arrive in the UK from India on Saturday to take part in a two-week cultural exchange set up by the government have been refused entry by the Home Office. From iNews.

A baby whose legal guardian is a UK resident has been blocked from entering the country, leaving her and her soon-to-be adoptive mother “stranded” in Pakistan. From Independent.

Mother denied chance to clear her name of charge that will see entire family deported back to husband she fears. “My life stopped when I got that letter,” says the 48-year-old, describing the moment she was accused by the Home Office of cheating in an English language test she had completed three years before. From Independent.

A petition to prevent the deportation of an “exceptional” and “outstanding” student has drawn more than 6,000 signatures. Stiven Bregu, 18, was trafficked to the UK from Albania in 2015 in order to escape a violent home life and was dumped alone in Keynsham near Bristol. From BBC.

Legal Minute: immigration, Home Office, Brexit, and Royal Baby’s dual Nationality

“I was wrong to be silent”. The president of the EU commission has said he regrets not intervening in the UK’s Brexit referendum to correct “lies” about the bloc during the campaign. From Independent.

Nearly 900 children classified as stateless were obliged to pay Home Office immigration fees last year as part of their applications to become British citizens, figures show. Stuart Tannock, a sociology professor who works with Citizens UK, said: “Without citizenship, the government risks leaving children unable to attend university, get a job, or even without a nationality at all. We are urging the Home Office to reduce the cost of citizenship so these young people can have a bright future in the country they call home.” From The Guardian.

Meghan Markle and Harry’s son qualifies for status no other royal has. The Duchess and Duke of Sussex’s baby could become a US citizen. In order for this to become a reality, Harry and Meghan would need to register the birth at an American consulate. Conversely, Meghan can apply to become a UK citizen after five years in the country. From Mirror.

Musicians have called for the Government to preserve their freedom of movement in a post-Brexit Europe. A report by the ISM shows around 50% of surveyed musicians have suffered negative effects from Brexit, with 65% saying difficulty travelling to EU countries was the biggest concern. From ITV.

A woman threatened with deportation has been told she can stay in the UK temporarily. Pauline Taylor-French, 45, fled Jamaica 17 years ago with her two daughters after suffering violent abuse. She had lived legally in the UK, but was told in 2017 by the Home Office her right to remain had been refused. Her husband Grahame said she had now been given leave to stay for 30 months, which would give them time to plan for the future. From BBC.

Aberdeen taxi driver spends thousands in visa battle for wife. Keith Webster, 49, and his wife Susan, 55, from Arizona, have had her visa request to stay in the UK rejected twice. Keith believes they have spent more than £8,000 trying to resolve the problem and had written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid about getting a resolution to their case. From Evening Express.