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Nationality and migration

‘Resilient’ London tube bombing survivor faces deportation

A report in the Telegraph on Sunday relates how a 70-year-old survivor of the London tube bombing in July 2005, who still has shrapnel embedded in his head, has been shocked to learn he cannot attain British citizenship.

Professor John Tulloch has been living a financially secure life, most recently residing in the Vale of Glamorgan with his British wife. He also has children who are British.

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British citizen to be deported from Australia after 40 years

A 47-year-old British man, who has lived in Australia since he emigrated with his family at age 6, is being deported to the UK from Australia because of his criminal record.

Whilst Clifford Tucker has been living in Australia for more than 40 years and has not had any criminal offences recorded against him in recent years, the Australian immigration authorities were alerted to his residency status when he returned from a trip to Bali in 2009.
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It’s official! Santa Claus is Canadian

It has been one of the most contentious immigration battles in history, but it has finally been determined:  Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen. (more…)

Millions of pounds in compensation paid to unlawfully detained migrants

The Guardian reports that millions of pounds is being paid to migrants as compensation for their treatment in UK detention centres. The compensation payments are couched in terms of ‘special payments’, which government figures show amount to £12m for 2009/10; this is up on the £3m paid in the previous year.

These special payments include other payments than compensation, but a Home Office official was unable to specify precisely what proportion of this amount constituted compensation.

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What laws govern asylum seekers?

The term ‘asylum seeker’ applies to person who has applied for refugee status with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and is awaiting their decision. Solicitors should be appointed to manage the application being made to the UKBA. A person will be granted refugee status if the definition in the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (UN Convention) applies to their situation.

The UN Convention defines a refugee as a person who has left their country and has a reason to fear persecution in their country because of their race, religion, nationality, or member of a particular social group or political opinion. (more…)

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Whether you are planning a trip to the UK, are already here and looking to change your immigration status, or are looking to emigrate elsewhere in the world, this blog discusses contemporary issues in nationality and migration law. Issues discussed include visa applications, the points-based visa system, sponsor licensing, family visas, asylum claims, reviews and appeals, indefinite leave to remain, naturalisation and citizenship.

Immigration issues are commonly in the press, including changes to UK and EU immigration law and policy. We discuss current immigration issues in the UK, the EU and internationally, including controversial issues such as the treatment of migrants and refugees.

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