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Legal Updates

This blog post explains some of the legal background to yet another scandal besetting the Home Office – in this case, the refusal to grant Indefinite Leave to Remain to people who have been in the UK under Tier 1 of the Points-Based System. (See also the moving of the goalposts for Turkish nationals wishing to apply to settle in the UK).

The immigration route called “Highly Skilled Migrants Programme” operated between 2002 and 2008 and was replaced by Tier 1 of the Points Based System.

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Legal Updates

Under the immigration rules, there are “general grounds” under which an application to enter the UK can be refused.

In addition to the general grounds of refusal, re-entry bans are applied to certain categories of people who breached immigration law in certain ways in a previous attempt to enter or stay in the UK.

Legal Updates

The Immigration Rules are published by the Home Office and set out the rules which immigration applications have to follow to be successful. They are frequently amended. They have been described as “not subordinate legislation but detailed statements by a minister of the Crown as to how the Crown proposes to exercise its executive power to control immigration.”