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Watchdog concerned that airline carriers are stopping some EU and EEA EFTA citizens from travelling

The Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA), which monitors the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens after the UK left the EU, has concerns that airline carriers are unnecessarily stopping some citizens from boarding flights. It has written an open letter to all carriers to remind them of the Home Office’s guidance, around what documents citizens need to travel to the …

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Independent Monitoring Authority receives permission for judicial review hearing against Home Office

The High Court has confirmed that the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has been granted permission to proceed with its judicial review claim against the Home Office. The application for judicial review is being sought on the basis that the IMA considers the Home Office’s position that citizens who fail to apply for Settled Status before the expiry of their Pre-Settled Status automatically lose their rights, is unlawful. An IMA …

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The Detail – Major rise in hotel use for asylum-seekers

Major rise in hotel use for asylum-seekers: “It feels like we are in a prison” THERE has been a dramatic increase in the number of asylum-seekers staying in hotels in Northern Ireland, leading to calls for an end to such placements. In June 2021, just 14 asylum-seekers in Northern Ireland were staying in hotels. However, by December 2021, The Detail …

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The Independent Monitoring Authority launches inquiry to investigate EUSS Certificate of Application delays

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has launched an inquiry to establish whether the Home Office has fulfilled its obligation to issue a Certificate of Application immediately to EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applicants. EU, EEA EFTA citizens and their family members who applied to the EUSS but are awaiting the outcome of their application should receive a Certificate …

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Home Office: High Potential visa route opened on 30th May 2022

FREE MOVEMENT update The High Potential Individual visa went live at 9am on 30th May 2022. It is a new route allowing people to live and work in the UK without needing an employer to sponsor them, similarly to Highly Skilled Migrants Programme. It is however restricted to people who have graduated from certain named universities in the past five years. …

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South Tyrone Empowerment Programme & Children’s Law Centre Joint Submission

This STEP and Children’s Law Centre submission to the European Commission Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Advisory Committee, is essential reading if you work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.  Please see the document below: Joint Submission – Asylum Seeker Children in Contingency Accommodation – April 2022  

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The Nationality and Borders Act Becomes Law (Thursday 28 April 2022)

The highly contested and opposed by civic society and human rights organization Nationality and Borders Act was passed through Parliament on 28th April. Since then there has already been a legal challenge to the system. Home Office Press Release: The Nationality and Borders Act will deter illegal entry into the UK, breaking the business model of people-smuggling networks, and speed …

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600 Visas Issued to Ukrainians with sponsors in Northern Ireland

Up until 27th April 2022 the Home Office issued 600 visas to Ukrainians whose proposed sponsors were in Northern Ireland. It is unknown how many people actually arrived in NI and it is also unknown how many Ukrainians arrived without a visa via Dublin. Four Ukraine Assistance Centres operate accross NI to help with navigating various systems and accessing public …

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