Immigration law



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

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