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Opportunity for an enthusiastic immigration law paralegal

We are looking to recruit a paralegal with proven immigration law experience to our team at Cahill De Fonseka Solicitors. The ideal candidate will have passed the Legal Practice Course and will be eager to commence a training contract with the firm at the end of an initial 6 to 12 month fixed-term contract in… Read more »

Naturalisation: EEA nationals

In preparation for Brexit, 2019 saw the genesis of the new EU Settlement Scheme, which will replace the EEA Regulations and allow EEA nationals and their qualifying family members alike to obtain status under domestic Immigration Rules instead. Though in some respects applications under the new scheme might be more straightforward, there are some factors… Read more »

Home Office: Culture of Disbelief

A recent report entitled “Lessons Not Learned” concludes that the Home Office continues to carry out flawed credibility assessments when deciding immigration and asylum applications. “Lessons Not Learned” suggests that, when considering applications, the Home Office too often adopts a starting position of disbelief: One example provided by the report refers to the Home… Read more »

Please don’t go…

The Polish ambassador to the UK has written to 800,000 Polish nationals residing in the UK advising them to seriously consider returning to Poland amid concerns over the Home Office’s Settled Status system. If you are an EEA national exercising freedom of movement rights in the UK and have encountered problems obtains either Settled… Read more »


In a recent decision by the Upper Tribunal it was accepted that our Zimbabwean client would face insurmountable obstacles in re-establishing his life in Zimbabwe as a result of the Zimbabwean authorities’ current policy on removals from the United Kingdom. Currently, the Zimbabwean authorities only accept the return of Zimbabwean nationals from the United Kingdom… Read more »

Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules: The Financial Requirement may now be satisfied with other credible sources of funds

On 20th July 2017 the Home Office published changes to the Immigration Rules following the decision of the Supreme Court in MM (Lebanon) & others v Secretary of State for the Home Department 2017 UKSC10 relating to the Financial Requirement for applications for leave to remain made by partners of British citizens and those settled… Read more »

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route attracts more applicants

With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, reports are surfacing that more foreign investors are looking to the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route, which allows foreign national investors ‘gain a foothold’ in the Western European market. What is a Tier 1 Entepreneur Visa?: The Tier 1 Entrpreneur route is avaliable to foreign entrepreneurs with £50,000 or… Read more »

Stamp Duty – Second Homes and First Time Buyers

Benjamin Franklin famously said that ‘In this world nothing can be certain, except death and taxes’. Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is tax on land transactions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland payable to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The current threshold for SDLT payable on transfers of residential properties is £125,000. A Stamp Duty… Read more »

Employment Law: Tribunal fees

Further to the recent abolition of Employment Tribunal fees, Employment Judge Wright last month ruled that a claimant whose earlier Employment Tribunal claim had been rejected due to non-payment of fees should nonetheless be permitted to bring her claim against Tesco (Dhami v Tesco Stores Ltd). The claimant had previously attempted to bring a claim… Read more »

Tier 1 (General) closure – applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain

The changes to Immigration Rules affecting Tier 1 (General) migrants is fast approaching. From 5th April 2018 those en route to settlement will no longer be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Tier 1 (General) of the Points Based System has been closed to overseas applicants since 23rd December 2010. However, dependants (husband,… Read more »