Immigration News Weekly Roundup – 27 January 2023

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news this week about unaccompanied asylum-seeking children that have gone missing after being placed in hotels by the Home Office. Evidence indicating the children will be subjected to modern slavery and human trafficking is deeply concerning. Our thoughts are with the families, all the brave campaigners and investigators who are looking into this incident.

Migration continues to surge in the UK, with report about the entry of 500 people crossing the channel this week alone. However, the Government stands strongly on its pledge to remove asylum seeking families, even if with their children to Rwanda.

The highlight of this week was also the decision from the Upper Tribunal, addressing the issue of what defines a durable partner under Appendix EU in the case of SSHD v Israt Rumana Kabir.

We also bring you a very interesting independent report published by Changing Europe. The report brings forward noteworthy data and analysis on the shortage of labour in the UK, particularly post Brexit and the rise of non EU work force.  The updated Sponsor Licence register from last week reflects this, as there is a rise in the number of businesses registered as Sponsor Licence holders.

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OISC has published on their social media that all immigration advisors claiming to be regulated by them, must be on their official register. Considering the rise of unregulated advice being passed to vulnerable migrants, risking their immigration record whilst charging them a fee, the OISC are practicing a zero tolerance policy towards sham practices alleging regulation under their umbrella.

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These and more highlights on immigration developments from the news media, case law decisions and Home Office Policy documents updated for this week, covered in our newsletter below.


The SRA are taking significant measures to ensure that all legal practices under their regulations are in compliance with precedence set forward for competency, transparency and adequate guidance on supervisory work.

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Proposed changes to passport application fees – Home Office

The government will introduce new passport fees for all applications on 2 February 2023, the first time in 5 years that the cost of applying for a passport has increased. For full article, click here

Home Secretary signals on-going commitment to Windrush generation – Home Office 

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has reaffirmed her department’s commitment to the Windrush generation, whilst hosting her first formal meeting with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group. For full article, click here 

Immigration enforcement surge since pledge to tackle illegal working – Home Office

A total of 1,152 immigration enforcement visits have taken place across the UK to identify illegal working since 11 December, marking an almost 10% rise on visits completed in the previous 5 weeks. For full article,  click here 

Brighton council seeks urgent talks over missing migrant children – BBC News

It follows an Observer report that children had been kidnapped – claims denied by the Home Office.  Sussex Police have told the BBC 76 children remain unaccounted for. For full article, click here 

Around 500 migrants crossed Channel to UK yesterday –SKY news 

Around 500 people crossed from France to England across the Channel yesterday, according to Sky sources.Groups of people wearing life jackets, and some wrapped in blankets were brought into Dover, Kent, on a Border Force boat. For full article, click here

Asylum-seeking families with children could face removal from UK to Rwanda – The Guardian

Families with children seeking asylum in the UK are being considered for forced removal to Rwanda, according to a Home Office minister. Immigration minister Robert Jenrick told an evidence session at parliaments women and equalities committee on Wednesday that, while there were no plans to remove unaccompanied child asylum seekers to the east African country, families with children are being considered for removal.  For full article, click here


The Secretary of State for the Home Department  v Israt Rumana Kabir (EA/13870/2021)

The appeal is concerned with the meaning of paragraph (b)(ii)(bb)(aaa) of Annex 1 of Appendix EU.

Upper Tribunal Judge Canavan commented as follows:

Given that the scheme was designed to regularise the status of millions of European citizens and their family members who were resident in the United Kingdom before it exited from the European Union, the provisions needed to be sufficiently clear for a lay person to apply for leave to enter or remain without the assistance of a legal representative. Instead, some parts are barely comprehensible even to experienced legal professionals, including the Secretary of State’s own representatives, who through no fault of their own often seem unable to explain the meaning of the provisions to the Tribunal with any confidence

SSHD’s appeal was not successful.  To read the full decision, click here

AAA and others -v- The Secretary of State for the Home Department – [2022] EWHC 3230 (Admin)

In relation with the Rwanda policy, the Court of Appeal has, in part, granted applications for permission to appeal made by the individual Claimants in AAA, and by HTNRMASMAS, and Asylum Aid. Applications for permission to appeal by AB and SAA were refused.  To read the full decision, click here

To read the High Court’s earlier ruling that rendered the Rwanda policy lawful, click here


The Impact of Brexit on the UK Labour Market: an early assessment – UK in a Changing Europe 

Johnathan Portes and John Spingford give an early assessment of the impact of the post-Brexit immigration system on the UK labour market.

The Paper outlines an interesting analysis on the data that shows from January 2021 to September 2022 UK saw a significant shortfall of 460,000 EU workers, compared to an increase of about 130,000 non-EU workers. This means a net loss of around 330,000 workers, which represents 1% of the UK’s labour force.

For the Commentary, click here   To download the full report, click here


  • Financial requirement: caseworker guidance has been updated on 25th January 2023. To view the latest version, click here
  • Guidance: Managing property of detainees in the UK has been updated on  25th January 2023. To view the latest version, click here 
  • EU Settlement Scheme: caseworker guidance has been updated on  24th January 2023. To view the latest version, click here
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