"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Wednesday 30 July 2014


Children's Commissioner
We mentioned earlier that we are working with the Office of the Children's Commissioner in England in their undertaking research to explore the impact of UK's family immigration rules on children and young people.  They have put together a questionnaire - if you have children especially please take 15 minutes or so and return by 1 September 2014. Thank you in advance.
Note guidance provided at the end for instructions on how to return the questionnaire and other documentation.

MM case 
Many have been asking for updates on the MM case. No news yet other than the good side's lawyers are still waiting for legal aid approval, following which they are going to file their permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.  Legal Aid Authority like most government departments is probably over-worked and under-resourced, hence the delay - so a little more patience needed.  Will let you know as soon as we hear anything more.

Keep an eye out for how things progress with HO's treatment of applications on hold which they indicated they would begin processing this week - will applicants will be able to appeal or forced to go down an administrative review instead?  Around the corner is the 30 months since the rules came into force, so let's brace ourselves for HO in their typical fashion messing up the first probationary period applications too. 

Surinder Singh
Many members have been trawling through EU regulations, and interpreting the regulations the best they can - however now there is some legal comfort available with immigration barrister and EU specialist Colin Yeo having written an e-book on Surinder Singh, released this week.  It provides a legal oversight of free movement rights and EU regulations, especially as they apply to using the Surinder Singh route (unsurprising given the title of the e-book) and an overview of Home Office behaviour.  Colin is open to feedback so do contact him if you have any. BritCits does not financially benefit from sales of this book so 'promotion' of it is purely because we think you may find it useful. 

Available in pdf format here

Until next time chickies.

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