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Immigration Update May 2017

Immigration Update May 2017

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Immigration Update May 2017

In a case in the High Court called “Lounes”, the High Court declined to make a decision about whether the partners of European/British dual nationals could rely on EU law to acquire immigration status in the UK (at present they cannot). The matter has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and a decision is expected from them soon.

In a case before the Upper Immigration Tribunal called “Aydogdu” it was decided that Ankara Agreement businessperson visa holders and their partners can no longer qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain after four years and two years respectively. It seems likely that they will now only be able to qualify after five years.

The Conservative Party has now published its general election manifesto. It reveals that there are no immediate plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and disengage from the European Convention on Human Rights. It also reveals that there are plans for large increases in the Immigration Skills Charge and the Immigration Health Surcharge, that the target for reducing net annual migration will continue to be the “tens of thousands” and that students will continue to be included in the immigration figures.

The Conservatives are still expected to win to General Election on 8 June, but not necessarily with the large majority that opinion polls previously indicated.

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