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Is your UK visa extension eligible for an IHS refund?

The complexities of the UK immigration system can be daunting, especially when it comes to the financial aspects of visa applications. One key area where applicants often seek clarity is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) refund policy for overlapping periods of temporary immigration permission. Eligibility Criteria for IHS Refunds To qualify for a partial refund...

Future of the Illegal Migration Act

The Illegal Migration Act 2023 has garnered significant criticism since receiving Royal Assent. Despite harsh comments from the shadow Immigration Minister, Labour has not committed to repealing the Act. However, there is hope that Labour might refrain from enforcing more provisions of this contentious legislation, particularly the duty to remove, which has not yet been...

The reality of the UK’s care worker visa system

The UK’s social care sector, essential yet beleaguered by chronic staff shortages, has increasingly turned to foreign workers to fill the gaps. However, many of these workers have faced financial exploitation, paying exorbitant sums to secure jobs that often fail to materialise. The UK’s social care sector has long struggled with recruitment. The demanding nature...

Settlement for refugees and those with humanitarian protection

In the evolving landscape of UK immigration, one significant pathway for individuals granted refugee status or humanitarian protection is the route to indefinite leave to remain. This process, governed by Appendix Settlement Protection, offers a structured approach for those who have resided in the UK under protection for five years to secure their future in...

High Court dismisses challenge over entry clearance refusal

A Bolivian national who had resided in the UK for over 20 years recently lost a judicial review challenging an entry clearance refusal. The claimant, previously married to a British national, argued that he did not receive the curtailment notice. The case, Escobar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 1097 (Admin),...