Category: General News

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.

Immigration Health Surcharge rising to £624 in October 2020

The Immigration Health Surcharge is to increase from £400 to £624 in October 2020, the government has announced.

The rise was confirmed during the Budget, which Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented to Parliament today. An accompanying policy costings document states: 

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). The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.

This will be implemented in October 2020 and expanded to include future EEA temporary migrants at the increased rate from January 2021.

The Conservatives had promised to increase the surcharge to this level during the 2019 general election campaign, so it is not news in that sense, but the timing of the increase was not previously known.

Migrants already pay for the NHS through their taxes, so what the surcharge really represents is a tax on UK visas. It is levied in addition to headline visa application fees. These do not appear to be rising in 2020/21 — but the health surcharge hike will push up the total cost of many visas anyway.

From Free Movement: https://www.freemovement.org.uk/immigration-health-surcharge-rising-to-624-in-october-2020/

LEGAL MINUTE: immigration in the UK

EU vows to help nationals ‘outside the mainstream’ stay in UK. Bloc’s first UK ambassador says right to remain for many vulnerable Europeans must be protected. From The Guardian.

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Maintaining free movement in Scotland for EU citizens would not create a “back door” to the rest of the UK and undermine its post-Brexit visa system, a leading immigration law firm has concluded. From Financial Times.

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The Pakistani national was forcibly removed last Tuesday along with up to 70 other people on what was the third mass deportation flight to leave the UK in three weeks. From Independent.

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Chefs, carers and farm staff should be considered skilled labour under immigration rules, according to a new survey. From iNews.

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British people back plans to replace migrant workers with ROBOTS as experts predict a shortage of labour following Priti Patel’s post-Brexit points-based immigration system. From Daily Mail.

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The Government will lay down the Immigration Bill in Parliament, paving the way for the biggest change to the UK’s immigration system in a generation. The Immigration Bill ends free movement with the EU, strengthens border security, and lays the foundation for our new UK points-based immigration system. From Gov.UK.