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29
Jun

CAJ signs joint letter on the protection of EU citizens’ rights

With the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline looming, CAJ has joined with four other NGOs to sign a joint letter urging the NI Executive to take action to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members in Northern Ireland. Dear Minister, Re: Protection of EU citizens and their family members’ rights and access...
25
Feb

Written evidence on the Citizenship and Passport Processes in Northern Ireland

The NI Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the ‘Citizenship and Passport Processes in Northern Ireland’, and is seeking written evidence on the following three questions: The interaction between UK nationality law and Articles 1 (v) and (vi) of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and any engagement with the ECHR; Whether the Government should consider...
19
Jan

Advisor guidance on changes to the EU Settlement Scheme

Following the case of Emma DeSouza, from August 2020 immigration rules will change to allow a “relevant person of Northern Ireland” and their family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, expanding the scheme to a new group of people who were previously excluded. Through our Immigration Project, we have produced guidance to assist...
18
Jan

Post-Brexit access to European Health Insurance Card rights for people in Northern Ireland

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that provides access to medically necessary (state) healthcare during a temporary stay in either an EU member state or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost as an insured resident of that country. In general terms, this...
12
Nov

Joint ICCL CAJ briefing note on Clause 109 of the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020

CAJ produced this joint briefing note with ICCL to highlight issues that may arise from changing the definition of a ‘non-national’ under Ireland’s 2004 Immigration Act, which is the statutory basis for passport control into the Irish state. The briefing raises a number of concerns related to this change and how it may impact movement...
27
Oct

NI organisations express concern about UK permit scheme for frontier workers

CAJ joins with other NI organisations to express serious concern about the UK government’s permit scheme for frontier workers. Following the publication of the Citizens’ Rights (Frontier Workers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, a diverse grouping of organisations based in Northern Ireland have written to the Secretary of State and Ministers of State to highlight shortcomings...
14
Aug

EU-UK future relationship cliff edge: Outstanding issues around access to EU and human rights in the Northern Ireland context

There are a number of imminent rights protections gaps that will result from Brexit. Some of these areas were to be addressed in the context of the EU-UK future relationship negotiations yet seem to have fallen off the agenda as the end of the transition period approaches. The pandemic, alongside a perception such matters have...
13
Aug

Electronic Travel Authorisation and the Common Travel Area

From the recent immigration white paper (published December 2018), it is clear that the UK government intends to move towards an online immigration system, with applications, visa documents, and status checking taking place digitally.  At the UK border, the use of e-gates and an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme is proposed. What the immigration white...
14
May

CAJ explanatory statement on changes to UK Immigration Rules

The changes to the Immigration Rules today follow the commitments made by the British Government in the New Decade, New Approach agreement of 9 January 2020 and the earlier review promised by Theresa May into Irish citizens in NI being joined by their family members. These changes are driven by the legal challenge by Emma...
17
Sep

Complaint made by CAJ against Translink for facilitating discriminatory passport checks on cross-border buses

CAJ has submitted a breach of equality scheme complaint against Translink in response to the company facilitating discriminatory passport checks on its cross-border transport services. The complaint has been made by CAJ on behalf of 17 directly affected passengers. Over recent months, concern has been building over the increasing number of passport and identity checks...
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