Immigration law



Immigration permissions automatically extended in response to coronavirus

Immigration permissions due to expire in the next two months will be automatically extended in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 23 March 2020

Una Boyd named chair of Immigration Practitioners' Group

Belfast solicitor Una Boyd has been named chair of the Law Society of Northern Ireland's Immigration Practitioners' Group (IPG).

Published 13 March 2020

Sharp rise in number of deportations

The number of deportations from Ireland rose sharply last year, with almost twice as many deportations in 2019 as in the two previous years.

Published 9 March 2020

Demand for H-1B visas at 'record high' as US economy grows

Demand for H-1B visas to work in the United States has increased because of American economic growth, Tully Rinckey has said.

Published 27 February 2020

Leona Rankin: Has Northern Ireland been forgotten in post-Brexit immigration scheme?

Some thought it would never happen but the UK has officially left the European Union and with that departure, we prepare to welcome a new points-based immigration system, writes Leona Rankin, associate at Carson McDowell.

Published 25 February 2020

High Court: Family refused extension of time to challenge international protection decision

A family who were refused international protection and subsequently lost an appeal to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal failed to provide any explanation which would warrant the grant of an extension of time to bring judicial review proceedings in the High Court.

Published 21 February 2020

No low-skilled workers to be awarded visas under post-Brexit plans

No low-skilled workers will be awarded visas from January 2021 under the UK's proposed post-Brexit immigration system, unveiled today by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Published 19 February 2020

Immigration lawyers raise £1,000 for human trafficking charity

Immigration lawyers in Northern Ireland have raised £1,000 for human trafficking charity Flourish NI.

Published 11 February 2020

Citizens who came to Ireland as refugees take family reunification case to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from two people who came to Ireland as refugees but subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens and were subsequently denied access to the family reunification scheme.

Published 7 February 2020

Authorities 'examining position' of Chinese nationals seeking longer stays in Ireland

Irish authorities are examining the situation of Chinese nationals in Ireland who are seeking to extend their visitor permissions because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Published 31 January 2020

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