The Court of Appeal have on Friday (11th July 2014) handed down their judgment in MM v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 985, the test case challenging the income requirement of £18,600 imposed on those wishing to bring their partners to the UK.
In an earlier article, we commented on the decision reached by the High Court that the £18,600 threshold was considered unlawful. (To read the article please click here)
Since the High Court reached the decision that the financial requirement was unlawful, the Home Office had put on hold all the applications by partners where the only reason for refusing the application would be because of the financial requirement. The outcome of this is that there are now thousands of applications on hold, awaiting the Court of Appeal’s decision in this case.
After considering the arguments, the Court of Appeal have on Friday (11th July 2014) released a very lengthy decision, finding, in summary, that the financial requirement of £18,600 is lawful. This will be an enormous set back for all of those applicants who are prevented from reuniting with their partners, because their British based partner is not able to earn enough. The Court of Appeal accepted that the outcome of this appeal was that there would be people who would never be able to sponsor their partner to come to the UK as they would not reach the relevant financial thresholds, but they did not accept that this would breach the UK’s obligations under human rights laws. It is possible though for individual applicants to show that refusing them a visa to come to the UK would breach their own human rights where they cannot meet the financial requirement, depending on all of the circumstances.
The Solicitors who brought the case have indicated that they will be pursuing a claim to the Supreme Court, however such a challenge is likely to take a number of months before it is fully resolved.
Paragon Law associate solicitor Mark Lilley-Tams took up the immigration tribunal victory for Reagan family who is now set to be reunited after ten months apart.
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Nottingham solicitors Paragon Law sponsored a round table event to discuss inward investment to the East Midlands following the demise of the Development Agencies. East Midlands Business Link will take you to the discussions that took place amongst the high profile panel that came together for this event.
All the information with regard to UK visas or the Immigration Rules are now within the Gov.UK website. There are a number of routes in to the relevant section of the website, though we would advise that this link https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration will take you to the best page from where you can navigate on according to what information you are searching.
As with anything new, the new website will take time to get used to and to find the information you need, but as always please feel free to ask your Paragon Law contact for assistance. We too are getting used to the new website but needless to say are well underway and are happy to help you too.
The Paragon Law Team
Corporate immigration law specialist Thalej Vasishta discusses the 3 important ‘I’s (immigration being one) which are important to the UK economy. Please click here to read further.
The Home Office have issued new fees for visa and extension applications to be introduced on 6 April 2014.
To download the table, which sets out current fees, future fees and the unit costs to the Home Office for processing applications, please click here.
Should you have any enquiry as regards please do not hesitate to contact Paragon Law.
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Nottingham Immigration Law firm Paragon Law have recruited two lawyers and a Business Development Manager.
Sally-Anne McEwen was previously heading up the immigration team of a large London practice, managing three sites in the City of London and South London. Sally-Anne’s particular areas of expertise include cases involving children and she will also be part of the team at Paragon Law that advises educational institutions on the management of their international student recruitment.
Nigel Smith is a qualified Solicitor from New Zealand who has previously run his own practice and prior to joining Paragon Law he worked for a large immigration consultancy in Central London. Nigel’s particular interest is on advising in emigration to New Zealand, Canada and Australia which through Nigel’s recruitment will be new services that Paragon Law will be offering to their clients.
Zhiwen Guan joins Paragon Law as a China Projects Manager, following a successful internship with the firm last summer. Zhiwen will be co-ordinating the workflow between the UK and Chinese team at Paragon Law.
Legal Services Director, Kirin Abbas said “2013 was a great year for Paragon Law. We made it into our tenth year in business in October and we were also awarded Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year by two publications – Global Legal Experts and Corporate INTEL”.
Kirin went on to say “Sally-Ann, Nigel and Zhiwen all bring areas of expertise to Paragon Law which will translate into a more enhanced service offering to our clients. It is particularly a testament to the firm that we are able to persuade lawyers from large London firms to locate to Nottingham to work with us. This puts us in good stead for developing our business both nationally and internationally. We hope to make further announcements of lawyers and support staff joining us in the first quarter of 2014”.
Left to right: Nigel Smith, Kirin Abbas, Sally-Anne McEwen and Zhiwen Guan
From 1 January 2014, passport holders of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be able to visit the UK for up to 6 months using an electronic visa waiver (EVW).
The EVW will require the applicant or their representative to complete the online procedure via the Visa4UK website. It can be used for travel to the UK on or after 1 January 2014.
The EVW must be completed at least 48 hours before travelling to the UK. EVW will be available for visits of up to 6 months. However, those coming to the UK to work or study will still need to apply for visas in the normal way.
UK businesses that are collaborating or have Group offices in Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will also be able to benefit from the EVW to invite partners to the UK for business visits.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.