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European citizens and their spouses to come to the UK

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has released a new inspection report on the application process for European citizens and their spouses to come to the UK. You can read the report, The Rights of European Citizens and their Spouses to Come to the UK: Inspecting the Application Process and the Tackling of Abuse, here. The report notes that European legislation which confers the right of free movement across all countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) has primacy over the UK's domestic immigration legislation. EEA nationals and their family members may choose to apply to the Home Office for documents which confirm that they are exercising their free movement rights in the UK. The Chief Inspector's inspection report examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home Office's handling of this European casework, as well as the steps that it takes to identify and tackle abuses, particularly sham marriage. A press release noted that the Chief Inspector found that: • the majority of decisions to refuse registration certificates or residence cards were reasonable; • 43% of the non-EEA spouses and civil partners who were refused residence cards in our sample were either overstayers or illegal entrants; • there was an efficient process...

Tribunal appeals – legislation changes to asylum seekers

As reported yesterday in the Telegraph, new secondary legislation introduced by the Government means that asylum seekers will no longer be notified straight away when they lose their Tribunal appeals . The legislation in question, the Tribunal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2014, amends rule 40A of the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) Rules 2008. It means that from June 30th, it will be the Home Office's duty to notify an appellant of the Tribunal's decision, whereas currently the appellant is notified at the same time as the Home Office. According to the Telegraph, the change was made in attempt to stop asylum seekers absconding before they can be removed. A Ministry of Justice spokesman told the Telegraph: "This amended procedural rule allows for the first-tier and upper tribunals to serve a final decision notice on the Home Office for onward service on the appellant, as they do with other types of asylum appeal decisions." "This will enable the Home Office to consider any additional arrangements that may be necessary when serving the decision on the appellant, such as taking measures to prevent the parties absconding or ensuring the vulnerable receive additional support." You might be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal...

EU Return Policy-Council of the European Union

Council of the European Union adopts conclusions on EU Return Policy 05 June 2014 The Council of the European Union today adopted a number of conclusions on the European Union's policy with regard to returning illegally staying third-country nationals. You can read the full conclusions below: COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Council conclusions on EU Return Policy JUSTICE and HOME AFFAIRS Council meeting Luxembourg, 5 and 6 June 2014 The Council adopted the following conclusions: " The Council, Whereas combating illegal immigration is a major migration policy goal of the European Union; – Reaffirms the Council Conclusions of 9/10 June 2011 defining the EU Strategy on Readmission; and the Council Conclusions of 14 April 2014 on the implementation of the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility; – Recalls that a coherent, credible and effective policy with regard to the return of illegally staying third-country nationals that fully respects human rights and the dignity of the persons concerned, as well as the principle of non-refoulement, is an essential part of a comprehensive EU migration policy; – Recalls that return policy is closely interlinked with readmission and that both are an integral part of the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM), which is...

How to defend yourself against the ‘two-week’ attack

Alarming news from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA): you have "two weeks" to protect yourself from a major cyber-threat. The warning came as the FBI, in partnership with authorities in several countries around the world, shut down a network of criminally operated computers that were stealing important information from victims' machines. But since that announcement, which directed concerned users to a website which promptly crashed for more than 15 hours, many BBC readers have been in touch wondering what they need to do to stay safe on the internet. Here's an at-a-glance guide. Rory Cellan-Jones reports on a "powerful computer attack", which people have two week to protect themselves from If your computer does not run Windows, stop right here. This does not affect you - but other problems might, so always keep your antivirus up to date. If you are using Windows, read on. Gameover Zeus is a particularly nasty piece of malware - malicious software - that will fish around your computer for files that look like they may contain financial or other sensitive information. Once it finds them, it steals them. The FBI has said that the criminals in this case used "phishing" emails to install Gameover Zeus on victims'...