Your overseas divorce may be invalid in the UK, and consequences can seriously screw up your life

The alarmist title is here for a reason, folks — I have REALLY had it enough with folks who think that obtaining a divorce in their country of origin (“this is where we married!) is a brilliant way to save time and money. Think again — or better, think at least once! at all!! It is interesting how otherwise supposedly all settled and well integrated people completely lack understanding of the expectations of the British legal system, and all of them, even the people I consider on the more enlightened side, universally make the same mistake. Caveat: anything I say … Continue reading →

What are the cool-headed arguments for limitation of “birthright citizenship”, and what CAN Trump do about it?

It’s everywhere now: Trump wants to abolish birthright citizenship, or jus soli. The UK, as Americans are now told all day long, has done it in 1983 (spoiler: it’s complicated). “Most countries are getting rid of it”, supposedly. Is “birthright” citizenship an anachronism from the bygone days of Ellis Island? What other ways are there to go about it, and can it be done in the US without changes to the 14th Amendment? What does citizenship even mean in the global world? I feel like I have already written some about it on this blog before, but here we go again. “Anchor … Continue reading →

Appendix EU offers post-Brexit hope to those who are stuck for evidence of Treaty Rights. **NO THANKS FOR ME – I WILL NO LONGER WORK WITH EEA CASES FROM MARCH ’19***

Over the last two years, we were told a lot of various things about the new system designed to issue some sort of “settled status” to EU citizens and family members after Brexit. Government position paper in June described a brave new world of Android apps, where it wasn’t clear if anyone would ever check if anyone ever exercised Treaty Rights, and the whole thing would be online only. I finally got some time yesterday to read through the Appendix EU, introduced into the Immigration Rules to accommodate the transition. It is supposed to take effect in   March 2019 and … Continue reading →

Success in direct nationality registration for a child “left behind” by the Immigration Rules: what is a “sole responsibility” rule and does it make any sense?

I just had a success registering  an almost- 16-year old young man as British recently, in a complicated case that perhaps most aptly highlights the misgivings of UK immigration policy in relation to immigration of children whose other parent stays overseas. Restrictions on such immigration are least known and often ignored by prospective immigrants, leading often to disaster. Several of such cases with families from the US were recently in the news – the “white distress” thing again –  but I have had numerous Russian ones as well. The issue is exacerbated by people not even having a clue that … Continue reading →