Immigration News Weekly Roundup – 19 May 2023

UK men offered £10K to pose as dads in visa scam – BBC News

British men are taking payments of thousands of pounds to pose as fathers for migrant women’s babies, a BBC investigation has found. They are being offered up to £10,000 to add their names to birth certificates, enabling a child to get UK citizenship and giving mothers a residency route.  To read the full article, click here

Asylum seekers in England and Wales to lose basic protections in move to cut hotel use – The Guardian

Ministers are removing basic housing protections from asylum seekers under new rules, designed to move tens of thousands out of hotels and into the private rented sector. The changes would exempt landlords from regulations governing everything from electrical safety to minimum room sizes. Leading campaigners to warn, that the government is preparing to cram people into small spaces in an effort to alleviate the crisis in asylum seeker accommodation. To read the full article, click here

 

Gang members who smuggled 41 migrants jailed – Home Office

Two members of an organised crime group who smuggled more than 40 migrants into the UK have been jailed. The gang provided false identity documents and arranged flights from Belfast to Britain to facilitate the illegal entry of the migrants through abuse of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Awad was described as a ‘highly trusted operator’ within the organised crime group and was the person responsible for arranging the flight. To view the full article, click here

 

Security Minister travels to Kenya to agree new partnership – Home Office

The UK and Kenya have signed a new security compact to keep our two countries, peoples and region safe, in a major agreement. The agreement covers the full spectrum of security cooperation between the UK and Kenya, and represents a significant milestone in the security relationship between our 2 countries. To read the full article, click here

 

Driver who smuggled children bolted inside hidden van hatch jailed – Home Office

A man who smuggled migrants in a ‘coffin-like’ hide inside the roof of a van has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Investigators found that he had accepted an offer of earning €6,000 in February this year, to drive a Romanian registered van containing hidden migrants who were unable to escape without assistance from Brussels into the UK. To read the full article, click here

 

Cabinet split as Jeremy Hunt hits back at Suella Braverman on immigration- The Telegraph

Jeremy Hunt has insisted Britain must be “pragmatic” about the need for migrant workers amid Cabinet splits over Suella Braverman’s plans to drastically cut numbers. Chancellor suggests the shortage occupation list could be expanded so businesses can ‘find the labour they need’. To read the full article, click here

 

Vulnerable paying price for illegal migration, says Rishi Sunak – BBC News

The global system to tackle illegal migration is “not working”, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said. He made the comments ahead of a meeting of the Council of Europe, a gathering of European nations, the EU and the European Court of Human Rights.  The summit in Iceland was convened to discuss aiding Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. To read the full article, click here

 

Train fruit pickers and lorry drivers to cut migration, says Suella Braverman – BBC News

There is “no good reason” the UK cannot train its own lorry drivers and fruit pickers to bring immigration down, Suella Braverman has said. 

Addressing a conference in London, the home secretary argued it was “not racist” to want to control borders. She has previously said her “ultimate aspiration” is to reduce net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving the UK – to below 100,000. To read the full article, click here

 

Home Office to fast-track thousands of Iraqi and Iranian asylum claims – The Guardian

In a significant move to meet Rishi Sunak’s pledge to deal with more than 90,000 claims submitted before last June, claimants from the two countries will be asked to fill in detailed questionnaires in English before facing shortened interviews with officials. If a positive decision can be made on the basis of the evidence available, a personal interview may not be required. If a claimant fails to comply with the process, their claim could be withdrawn. To read the full article, click here

 

Ministers call for immigration and UK food prices to increase – The Guardian

Immigration and food prices must increase to solve the food crisis, ministers say at a summit. Rishi Sunak was joined by ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as well as farmers and industry leaders at the meeting at No 10.  To read the full article, click here

 

Grant Shapps says Brexit lets UK control immigration, as record rise expected – The Guardian

Grant Shapps has stressed the importance of post-Brexit controls on work visas after government sources confirmed that ministers are braced for a record increase in immigration figures this month. Reports have suggested that official data will show annual net immigration of between 650,000 and 997,000 fuelled by a rise in non-EU immigration from people entering the UK to work and study. To read the full article, click here

 

UK Nationals arriving from Sudan to have access to benefits – Home Office

Emergency regulations, which came into force on Monday 15 May, will ensure UK nationals, Irish nationals and those with Home Office leave which provides recourse to public funds, who left Sudan as a result of the violence, will be exempt from the residency tests and therefore be able to access benefits and services faster on arrival in the UK. To read the full article, click here

 

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MKA, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Defence [2023] EWHC 1164 (Admin)

The High Court has granted a judicial review in R (MKA) v Secretary of State for Defence [2023] EWHC 1164 (Admin) due to concerns of irrationality and policy violation in the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) decision.

The claimant, MKA, an Afghan national who worked as a network engineer for the British military and embassy in Afghanistan. Who sought to relocate to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) due to his significant contributions and the dangers he faces from the Taliban. However, the MoD rejected his application, prompting MKA to challenge the decision in Administrative Court.

In a victorious outcome, Foster J concluded that the decision deviated from the expected standards of public law decision-making, citing material errors and a failure to properly acknowledge the importance of MKA’s contributions and risks. The MoD is now required to reassess its decision.

To read the full decision, click here

 

SWP, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 439

The Court of Appeal reviewed the Immigration Rules’ concessions for domestic violence cases. The “Destitute Domestic Violence Concession” (DDVC), introduced in 2012, allowed victims of domestic abuse to apply for a three-month bridging visa granting access to public funds and the right to work while preparing their application for indefinite leave under DVILR.

Notably, the rule now extends to include partners of refugees and individuals with “pre-settled status.” Although the Home Office disputed claims of discrimination under Article 14, they recognized its connection to Article 8, safeguarding private and family life.

The Court of Appeal justified the difference in treatment, citing the Home Office’s policy reasoning and the government’s discretion in social strategy measures. The unique circumstances of Brexit also provided a reasonable justification for the disparity resulting from the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

To read the full decision, click here

 

HOME OFFICE POLICY DOCUMENT AND GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Guidance: Long residence Updated 17 May 2023. To view the updated Guidance, click here

 

  • Guidance Voluntary Returns Service (VRS) has been updated on 17th May 2023.  To view the updated Guidance, click here

 

  • Guidance Returning to your home country voluntarily: how the service works has been updated on 17th May 2023.  To view the updated Guidance, click here

 

  • Collection Support for Afghans to find settled accommodation has been updated on 17th May 2023.  To view the updated collection, click here

 

  • Caseworker Guidance Complexity application routing solution (visits) has been published on 17th May 2023.  To view the Guidance, click here

 

  • Guidance Questionnaire: continue your asylum claim has been updated. To view the Guidance, click here

 

  • Promotional material “Afghan guests: your guide to finding a settled home in the UK” has been published on 17th May 2023. To access the information, click here

 

  • Guidance Finding a school place when relocating from hotel accommodation had been published on 17th May 2023. To view the Guidance, click here

 

  • Guidance Managing vulnerable households as part of the hotel exit plan has been updated on 12th May 2023. To view the Guidance, click here

 

  • Transparency data Migrants detected crossing the English Channel in small boats has been updated on 17th May 2023. To download the data, click here

 

  • Guidance EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens has been updated on 16th May 2023. To view the Guidance, click here

 

  • Asylum helplines contact details have been updated – the latest contact information can be viewed here

 

  • Policy paper Government forced marriage guidance: British Sign Language version has been updated on 12th May 2023.  To view the Paper, click here. This is in line with the Forced marriage resource pack that can be viewed here and Guidance that can be viewed here

 

  • Policy paper Response to a report on intelligence functions at the Humber ports has been published on 11th May 2023.  To view the Paper, click here

 

  • Guidance on India: country policy and information notes has been updated on 11th May 2023. To view the updated Guidance, click here

 

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