Immigration law

Redrafting of immigration rules 'would increase legal certainty and save £70m'

A complete redrafting of the UK's immigration rules would increase legal certainty and save almost £70 million over ten years, the Law Commission has said.

Published 14 January 2020

Proposals to reform family reunification rules welcomed by rights campaigner Emma DeSouza

Proposals to reform family reunification rules for people in Northern Ireland have been welcomed by immigration rights campaigner Emma DeSouza.

Published 10 January 2020

Work permit rules eased to address labour shortages in key sectors

Employment permit rules are set to be eased to address immediate labour shortages in key sectors such as hospitality, construction, health and road haulage.

Published 19 December 2019

Stalled refugee bill would bring Ireland in line with international obligations

Stalled legislation on family reunification should be allowed to move forward in order for Ireland to meet its international obligations, a senator has said.

Published 5 December 2019

High Court: Judge dismisses 'tedious case' claiming a vested right to apply for family reunification

A woman who sought judicial review of a decision refusing family reunification has had her application dismissed in the High Court.

Published 19 November 2019

Supreme Court to hear leapfrog appeal over definition of 'child' in asylum law

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the State over the definition of "child" in the International Protection Act 2015.

Published 1 November 2019

Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers granted permission to work in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers in Ireland were granted permission to work last year under a new system introduced after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Published 26 September 2019

Ombudsman calls for remit to cover how asylum applications are assessed

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, has called for his remit to be extended to include how asylum applications are assessed by the Minister for Justice.

Published 25 September 2019

‘Openly gay’ asylum seeker’s fresh claim to remain in UK due to ‘risk of persecution’ in Zimbabwe dismissed

A Zimbabwean asylum seeker whose human rights claim to remain in the UK was refused by the Home Secretary has had an application for judicial review of a decision that he had not made a fresh claim to remain in the country dismissed.

Published 19 September 2019

Eimear Nugent: European court ruling brings clarity on rights of EU citizen spouses

Eimear Nugent, solicitor at immigration law specialists Berkeley Solicitors, examines an important ruling on the rights of EU citizens' spouses.

Published 13 September 2019

Lawyers for Syrian man living in Turkey request expedited Irish visa

Lawyers for a Syrian national seeking to relocate from Turkey to Ireland have asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to intervene and expedite his visa application.

Published 13 September 2019

Two-year post-study work visa to be reintroduced for international students

Plans to reintroduce a two-year post-study work visa for international students in the UK have been welcomed by universities.

Published 11 September 2019

Lords committee raises concerns over refugee protection after Brexit

Leaving the European Union means the loss of a safe, legal route for the reunification of separated refugee families in Europe, a House of Lords committee has told the UK government.

Published 10 September 2019

Lisa Bryson: 'Ending free movement' – what is changing?

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, considers the meaning of Priti Patel's recent announcement on free movement.

Published 23 August 2019

Asylum seeker was rejected because he didn't have 'gay demeanour'

A man seeking asylum in the UK from a country where homosexuality is illegal was rejected by an immigration judge because he did not have a gay "demeanour", a barrister has said.

Published 22 August 2019