Monthly Archives: December 2017

Injustice in Immigration Detention

A new report commissioned by the Bar Council regarding immigration detention, demonstrates that the system operates in a wholly unfair way. In the last 3 years, an average of 30,000 people have been detained each year under immigration detention. This is often from poor decision-making and lack of accountability from the Home Office.

The detainees are being held in detention centres which are built to category 3 prison conditions, in inhumane and degrading situations. The statutory framework to manage detention is flawed and there are inadequate routes to challenge the decision to detain.  Many detainees develop mental health and physical health issues during their time in detention.

Immigrations Minister pledges ‘swift’ processing of EU Citizens’ status

The Minister of Immigration, Brandon Lewis has confirmed that EU nationals applying for settled status (during the Brexit transition) will not have to wait for months for their registration to be complete. All EU applications will be dealt with in a matter of weeks, and the process will be straightforward using an online portal system, similar to that used to renew driving licences. Registration is due to start in the second half of next year.

Settled status will be available to EU nationals who have lived lawfully in the UK for five continuous years. A formal application will have to be made and approved by UKVI for EU nationals to attain settled status in the UK.