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What is the definition of public funds

A number of Immigration applications are refused because applicants fail to adhere with the conditions on their visa. The Immigration Rules defines "public funds" as the following: (a) housing under Part VI or VII of the Housing Act 1996 and under Part II of the Housing Act 1985, Part I or II of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, Part II of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 or Part II of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1988; (b) attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance, carer's allowance and disability living allowance under Part III of the Social Security Contribution and Benefits Act 1992;, income support, council tax benefit and housing benefit under Part VII of that Act; a social fund payment under Part VIII of that Act; child benefit under Part IX of that Act; income based jobseeker's allowance under the Jobseekers Act 1995, income related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (employment and support allowance) state pension credit under the State Pension Credit Act 2002; or child tax credit and working tax credit under Part 1 of the Tax Credits Act 2002; (c) attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance, carer's allowance and disability living allowance under Part III...

Immigration Analysis: Compliance, Enforcement, and Policy

Immigration Analysis: Compliance, Enforcement, and Policy Today’s immigration environment is ever-changing and increasingly complex. Last week the campaign to end new rules on family migration took a major step forward with a debate in the House of Lords, followed by a significant judgment in the High Court. Further changes to the Immigration Rules will continue to happen and the Home Office will make changes to their policy, which will impact both individuals and companies who sponsor migrants to work in the UK. Most notably, regulatory requirements are fluctuating and enforcement actions are aggressive. ICS Legal, with its depth of experience and broad global reach, is uniquely positioned to offer analysis, commentary, and up-to-the-minute information about the impact these changes will have.  

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration concerned by poor decision making at Dhaka and Warsaw visa sections

EIN John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, today released investigation reports on the Home Office's Dhaka and Warsaw visa sections. You can read the Dhaka report here and the Warsaw report here. The Chief Inspector found the customer service at both visa sections was good, but the quality of decision making was poor. A press release quoted him as saying: "I was pleased to find that customer service targets were being met across most of the categories of visa applications we inspected at both visa sections, and there was a genuine commitment to improving customer service standards." "However, the quality of decision-making was poor in all the visa categories I inspected at both Dhaka and Warsaw. It is vitally important, if the visa application process is to be fair and transparent, that the Home Office corrects these serious failings in its decision making. Given the poor level of decision quality the Home Office should also review the target for Other Visitor applications in Warsaw to bring decision quality and ultimately customer service to an acceptable standard." The press release also noted that the Chief Inspector found in Dhaka: • customer service targets were being met in the majority of the Family Visitor,...