Specialist Quality Mark

Following a recent audit of conducted by the Legal Services Commission Seraphus has been award a Specialist Quality Mark Certificate of Award in Immigration and Asylum Law.

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The Specialist Quality Mark is a quality assurance standard for legal services providers. ´┐╝´┐╝Those who meet that standard are recognised by the above logo. Seraphus aims for the highest quality service and will be looking to work on the next standard of quality assurance in the immediate future.

Family Visit Appeal Rights

The UKBA are changing the appeal rights for refused family visit visa applications. This is being done, they say, to save money.

The Immigration Minister Damian Green says that they are not stopping anybody from visiting family in the UK (mmm) but it is unfair that the taxpayers have to cover the costs of the appeals. Though, no mention was made as to general poor quality decision making by the UKBA at the visa application stage, which is obviously the cause for many appeals. Instead, Green blames applicants for not preparing the applications properly.

The change will be included in the Crime and Courts Bill, and is expected to come into force by 2014. In the meantime, the UKBA intends to limit the rights of appeal for those applying to visit a cousin, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew. From July 2012 refused applicants will still be able to appeal on limited grounds of human rights or race discrimination. From July 2012 until 2014 those visiting a spouse, children, or parents will continue to have full appear rights.

The UKBA will also limit the rights of appeals for those visiting people with leave to remain other than indefinite leave, refugee status or humanitarian protection status.

We will keep abreast of these changes and update you as and when needed.

A Diamond Jubilee

Many congratulations for a Diamond Jubilee - Queen Elizabeth II, 60 years as Queen to more than 2 billion people in the UK and The Commonwealth.

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May we also wish everyone a happy Bank Holiday Jubilee. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.