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Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules on Family Reunion for Refugees | Immigration Matters

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ILPA reports:

Cm 7944, laid before parliament on 1 October, not only introduces from 29 November 2010 the English language requirement for spouses and civil partners it also reverses the Supreme Court decision in ZN. Paragraphs 352A-FJ are amended from 22 October 2010 so that a grant of British citizenship automatically revokes refugee status. 

Thus only sponsors currently “refugees granted status as such under Immigration Rules” may benefit from family reunion provisions. 

They lose the right to family reunion once they become British citizens and will need to fulfil the requirements of the Immigration rules. 

For more information see:

This means that you have a very small window in which to apply for family reunion for refugee clients who have British citizenship.  


Alison Harvey
General Secretary

See also:

Changes to sponsor guidance announced by UKBA

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