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This extensive and wide ranging live broadcast conference chaired by Sarah Pinder and a panel of leading experts, offers a comprehensive update as to the current hot topics in this complex, sensitive and fast-moving area.

Each session will provide a full opportunity for questions and answers.

Conference Agenda

This live and interactive 5 hour conference will cover the following:

10.00am-11.00am: Business Immigration Post-Brexit

Sacha Wooldridge, Immigration Solicitor, Ernst & Young

This session will provide a review of the political timeline to include the EU Settlement Scheme and Brexit travel implications and how this will apply in practice.

11.00am-12.00pm: The New UK Immigration Route for BNO Residents of Hong Kong

Satinder Gill, Barrister, Five Paper Chambers

In July 2020, the Home Secretary announced a new immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) residents of Hong Kong in response to the imposition by China of its nationality security legislation.

The new route is due to launch on 1 January 2021 and changes to the Immigration Rules are expected imminently.

This session will consider the requirements of the new route as currently known and also the changes to the rules (if published at the time of the Conference).

It will also consider the practical implications, including what BN(O)s can do before the new route opens.

The session will cover:

  • A summary of the requirements under the new route for applicants
  • A summary of the requirements for dependants who are not themselves BNOs
  • Analysis of the relevant changes to the Immigration Rules
  • Practical issues
  • Consideration of applications at the border for leave outside of the Immigration Rules before the new route is formally open

Break for lunch

1.00pm-2.00pm: The Points-Based System

Sarah Pinder, Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers

Over the last couple of years or so, we have seen some important decisions from the Higher Courts on the common law principle of fairness and pleading this in immigration appeals or judicial reviews.

For practitioners advising and assisting within the Points-Based System, this can be particularly tricky as knock-backs are common due to the strict application of mandatory and evidential requirements.

This session will explore the relevant case-law in more detail and take stock as to where we are when it comes to fairness in the PBS and related cases.

The session will cover:

  • Pleading the principle of fairness in immigration cases - a general overview
  • A look at Bhandari & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department - the death knell for pleading fairness in PBS cases?
  • A look at Pathan & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department - the impact of sponsor revocations on Tier 2 applicants
  • A look at Balajigari v Secretary of State for the Home Department - procedural fairness in PBS and dishonesty cases, a glimmer of hope?

2.00pm-3.00pm: Sponsor Compliance Obligations

Rizwana Quazi, Associate, Kingsley Napley

This session will provide a review of the very latest sponsor compliance obligations and cover practical considerations sponsor licence holders need to be mindful of in 2021.

PM break

3.15pm-4.15pm: Guide to the EU Settlement Scheme

Samina Iqbal, Barrister Goldsmith Chambers and Sanaz Saifolahi, Barrister Goldsmith Chambers

This session with provide you with an update of registration requirements for EU nationals in the UK in light of Brexit.

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

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Business Immigration - 2021 Virtual Conference

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