Dec 21, 2022 - High Court determines proper interpretation of an original ‘patrial’ provision of the 1971 Act

In the clause “had that citizenship by his birth, adoption, naturalisation or registration in the United Kingdom”, does the requirement for it to be in the United Kingdom apply to just registration or all of the other means of acquiring citizenship on the list? This was the question before the High Court in Murugason v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 3160 (Admin).


Mr Murugason’s father was born in 1948 in Penang, a British dominion at the time, and was thus a British subject by birth. When the British Nationality Act 1948 came into force, his father became a C...

Dec 15, 2022 - UK interest rates raised to highest level for 14 years

The Bank of England has raised UK interest rates to their highest level for 14 years as it battles to stem soaring prices.

It increased them to 3.5% from 3%, marking the ninth time in a row it has hiked interest rates.

The rise will mean higher mortgage payments for some homeowners and those with loans at a time when many people are struggling with the cost of living.

It should also benefit savers, if banks pass on the higher rate to customers.

The Bank of England has been attempting to calm rising prices since the end of last year.

Inflation - the rate at which prices rise - has been increasi...

Dec 15, 2022 - New support package announced under Homes for Ukraine Scheme

In recognition of the rising cost of living, and as a ‘thank you’ for ongoing support from hosts, a £650 million support package has been announced as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

All sponsors will receive £500 a month, where they have been hosting Ukrainians in their homes for over 12 months. These ‘thank you’ payments are due to continue until the two-year mark so that those who are not yet ready to move into independent accommodation can remain with their hosts, where both parties are willing to extend the arrangements.

It is hoped that the package will encourage new hosts to come ...

Dec 09, 2022 - Unsuccessful High Court challenge reminder to adhere to visa conditions

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the decision to cancel two individuals’ permission to remain in the UK because they exceeded the number of hours they were permitted to work. Rahim Shah & Fawad Anwar v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Is a useful reminder of the importance of abiding by the specific visa conditions in a grant of leave. 

Mr Shah and Mr Anwar were both in the UK on student visas which permitted them to work up to 20 hours per week in term time. Following a raid on their place of work by immigration officers on 27 September 2021, they were each interviewed r...

Nov 30, 2022 - Immigration Skills Charge updated list of exemptions

An amendment to the Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017 is due to come into force on 1 January 2023.

The current rules state that UK businesses sponsoring overseas workers, subject to certain exemptions, must pay a charge each time a certificate of sponsorship is assigned to that worker.

The amendment adds to the list of exemptions under which one is not required to pay such a charge. Businesses that bring EU citizens to the UK under certain visa routes will, from 1 January 2023, not have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge. The exemption applies to those entering the UK under the Scal...

Nov 25, 2022 - UK net migration hits all-time record. One third of immigrants came from Ukraine

UK net migration hit 504,000 in the year to June - the highest figure ever recorded, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates.

The rise is driven by people arriving legally from outside the EU and the resumption of post-pandemic travel.

Reception of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees and people from Hong Kong are other factors.

The government has promised to cut net migration - the difference between the numbers entering and leaving the UK.

Today's figures will intensify debates over the role of overseas workers into the UK economy and wider labour market - weeks after Home Secretary Suel...

Nov 24, 2022 - New route to British citizenship for people of Chagossian descent

The Home Office has launched a new application process for people of Chagossian descent to obtain British citizenship or British overseas territories citizenship. The introduction of this route is certainly welcome. Whilst the Chagossians are still fighting to return to their homeland, this is a step in the right direction for Britain to acknowledge and remedy the treatment of Chagossians.  


The history of Chagos Island is complex. The islands were once administered by Britain, creating the British Indian Ocean Territory. Between 1967 and 1973, the UK deported all islanders to Mauri...

Nov 23, 2022 - Scottish government loses independence referendum court case

The Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without the UK government's consent, the Supreme Court ruled today, 23 November.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a referendum on 19 October next year.

But the court ruled unanimously that she does not have the power to do so.

The UK government has so far refused to grant the formal consent for a vote that was in place before the referendum in 2014.

Court president Lord Reed said the laws that created the devolved Scottish Parliament in 1999 meant it did not have the power to legislate on areas of the constitut...

Nov 17, 2022 - Autumn Statement 2022: taxes in brief

Today, 17th of November, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, made his Autumn Statement 2022 speech.

He has revealed tax rises and spending cuts worth billions of pounds aimed at mending the nation's finances.

Taxation and wages

  • Legally-enforceable minimum wage for people aged over 23 to increase from £9.50 to £10.42 an hour from next April
  • State pension payments and means-tested and disability benefits to increase by 10.1%, in line with inflation
  • Apart from in Scotland, top 45% additional rate of income tax will be paid on earnings over £125,140, instead of...

Nov 15, 2022 - Developments in third party financial support for spouse or partner visa applications

The minimum income requirement for a spouse or partner visa is well known. Broadly speaking, applicants must show that their sponsor has a gross annual income of at least £18,600. Alternatively, they can rely on savings or, if they are already in the UK and working legally, on their income.

But what happens if the applicant and sponsor don’t have enough income or savings and instead propose to rely on support from a willing relative or friend who does

The rules now permit reliance in certain circumstances on “a credible guarantee of sustainable financial support to the applicant or their partn...