Immigration

Home Office written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration applications have been paused while her Department assesses the implications of the judgment of the Supreme Court on 22 February 2017, in MM (Lebanon) and others v SSHD [2017] UKSC10; and what is the (a) longest and (b) average length of time for which those immigration applications have been paused.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications of the judgment of the Supreme Court of 22 February 2017 in MM (Lebanon) and others v SSHD [2017] UKSC10 for immigration applications.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

The changes in Immigration Rules referred to in the Written Ministerial Statement HCWS95 give effect to the findings of the Supreme Court judgment in MM (Lebanon) & Others in respect of exceptional circumstances and children’s best interests.

The temporary hold in place since 22 February 2017 on applications falling for refusal under the Immigration Rules with which the judgment was concerned will be lifted on 10 August when these changes take effect. As of 30 June 2017, there were around 5,000 such applications on hold.

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