LEGAL MINUTE: immigration after Brexit and HO news

We selected the main news of the week about Brexit and what the immigration system should look like after the UK leaves the European Union. See also what has been said about the Home Office in recent days.

Immigration experts say the innovator visa, launched in March for foreign founders who have started or plan to launch “innovative, viable and scalable” businesses, is failing. The number of visas issued is barely in double digits, according to legal sources. From The Times.

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Whether you’re a Remainer or a Leaver, these are disruptive times, and the media is covering every single aspect of it. It’s enough to drive people to breaking point. As the October 31 deadline approaches and uncertainty about what exactly will happen and what that means for every one of us grows, every utterance and action is being dissected in newspapers and on 24-hour rolling news channels. And more and more of us are saying it’s affecting our mental health. From Wired.

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VFX, animation and post-production employees from the European Union are being urged to apply for settled status before the UK introduces a new visa system for working in the country. From IBC.

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The European Commission has ensured Britons will have visa-free travel for short trips to Europe, but business travelers will not be covered by the move if they are doing more than attending meetings, networking events or conferences. From Express.

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Children of British Isis members stranded in Syria will not be allowed to return to the UK, the government has reportedly decided. At least 30 British children are currently being held with their mothers in camps in northern Syria, after being detained as they fled the crumbling Isis caliphate. From Independent.

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Soaring immigration fees have led to accusations of profiteering against the Home Office, which made £500 million last year. Critics of the system say the fees indicated that the Home Office’s hostile environment policy, which it disowned after the Windrush scandal, is still in effect and is trapping families in poverty as they struggle to satisfy the fees. From Scottish Legal.

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Philip Hammond has said MPs can prevent Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October, calling no deal a “betrayal of the referendum” and suggesting advisers in Downing Street have no intention of negotiating a new deal. From The Guardian.