Family Migration

30 November 2016

Would the UK consider Donald Trump to be of ‘good character’?

Eager to ingratiate themselves with the new President-elect, the UK Government is apparently considering inviting Donald Trump on a state visit in 2017. This will be no ordinary visit, Donald Trump having the dubious honour of being the first sitting President who MPs have actually debated banning from the UK following a petition calling for that which attracted just shy of 600,000 signatures. At the time of the petition, Theresa May, then Home Secretary, publicly noted her disagreement with Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and released a statement that noted ‘we will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect’. While the statement did not refer directly to Donald Trump, the message was taken to be a veiled comment on his policy proposal and the petition. 

Despite some stinging remarks about then-candidate Trump, the debate was more for show than with the intention of leading to any actual restrictions on his entry to the UK and the President Elect, who has a number of business interests in the UK, has since visited.

That said, with a looming state visit, I thought it would be worth considering whether Donald Trump could fall foul of any of the ‘good character’ requirements that apply to British nationality applications. 

Katie Newbury

21 November 2016

Immigration update - Further expansion of UK Registered Traveller Service

The Home Office has announced the expansion of the UK Registered Traveller Service to applicants from 16 new countries, with effect from today. Business travellers and frequent visitors will be able to benefit from faster entry to the UK as the Government’s Registered Traveller Service is expanded. Membership will now also be open to passengers from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, subject to meeting the membership criteria.

Nicolas Rollason

13 July 2016

Reflections on the impact of the UK’s recent and future hostile migration environment

At a faster pace than any had imagined, we are today welcoming a new Prime Minister. A Prime Minister who made a forceful case for significantly cutting immigration when given a platform at last year’s party conference. A Prime Minister who has headed up the department which oversees the design and implementation of immigration policy in the UK over the last six years. A Prime Minister who will need to grapple with, amongst other issues, the position of current and future European migrants to the UK in any upcoming negotiations on the implementation of a ‘Brexit’. It seems prudent, therefore, to reflect on her last six years at the Home Office and consider what her department’s past actions and particularly that speech at last year’s party conference may portend for us who work in immigration or who avail ourselves of the immigration system moving forward.

Many of the developments over the last six years can be seen in the context of a Government striving to meet the arbitrary target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands. In this quest, no immigration category has been left untouched. 

Katie Newbury

28 June 2016

Webinar: Brexit - what this means for EU employees and their families

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. EU citizens living in the UK are naturally wondering what this means for them. Will they be able to stay? Should they be doing anything now? What should you be advising your employees?

Nicolas Rollason and Andreas White address these and other questions in this 1 hour webinar.

Nicolas Rollason

27 May 2016

Webinar: The impact of Brexit on EU citizens already living and working in the UK

The EU referendum scheduled for 23 June 2016 could go either way. Many EU citizens living in the UK are asking their employers - and us - what they should be doing now in case the UK votes to leave. In this webinar, Nicolas Rollason discusses how Brexit would happen; how EU Citizens can protect their position; practical tips for employees; recruiting EU nationals post-Brexit; and the possible changes expected if we decide to remain in the EU.

Nicolas Rollason

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