Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya

Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya is a solicitor at RBM Solicitors, based in Coventry. She was admitted on the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales in 2003 and admitted in Zimbabwe in 1998 as a Legal Practitioner


UK tightens Immigration Rules

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

BRITAIN’S Home Secretary Theresa May has announced significant changes to the immigration rules. The changes are part of the government’s programme of reform of the immigration routes and follow wide consultations and expert advice from the Migration Advisory Committee. The … Read more


UK tinkers with foreign student requirements

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaEducation, Immigration

THE UK Home Office has published what it calls a “statement of intent”, outlining changes it plans to make to the study, post-study work and maintenance requirements for foreign students and workers. Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “It is vital … Read more


UK steps up Zimbabwe deportations

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE UK Border Agency appears to have stepped up its efforts to remove Zimbabwean failed asylum seekers from the UK in the last few weeks. Whilst it was significant to note that the Court of Appeal has granted permission to … Read more


UK court rules on asylum for Zimbabwe homosexuals

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration, Legal, Politics

ON JANUARY 8, 2012, the United Kingdom’s Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) handed down an interesting determination in the case of LZ (homosexuals) Zimbabwe CG [2011] UKUT 00487 (IAC). This case focuses on the risk that gays and lesbians … Read more


Christmas, crime and immigration

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaLegal

AS the year draws to a close it is a time for festivity and enjoyment. The old saying “Eat Drink and be Merry” rings true. This post gives a few tips and advice on how to cope with some of … Read more


Residence card for parents of British children

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration, Legal

THE Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) recently handed down judgment in the case of Ruiz Zambrano (C-34/09). This case clarifies the rights of children born in the European Union, specifically the UK in this instance, in relation … Read more


Rights of parents with children born in EU

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE recent European Court of Justice immigration case of Zambrano has created new hope for asylum seekers with British children. In March 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgment in the case of Zambrano v … Read more


UK announces end of ‘legacy’ case review

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that it has now reviewed all unresolved asylum claims lodged before March 5, 2007, estimated to be more than 450,000. The UKBA is preparing to wind down the so-called “Legacy Case Resolution Programme”, … Read more


UK marriages made easier

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

ON APRIL 4, 2011, the United Kingdom parliament approved the Remedial Order that will abolish the certificate of approval scheme for couples seeking to get married. The abolition of the scheme takes effect on May 9, 2011. At present, any … Read more


Criminal conviction barrier to UK settlement

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE UK Border Agency has set a criminal conviction threshold for settlement to bring it more in line with that for citizenship (naturalisation) applicants. Starting on April 6, 2011, all migrants (except refugees) will need to be free of unspent … Read more


Maintenance orders where one parent lives abroad

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaFamily Law

RECENTLY, I have had many enquiries relating to family law issues. Immigration law is still an issue that concerns many readers of this blog. However, with readers settling in their adopted countries, there are other issues which now require legal … Read more


Hope for ‘overstayers’ under UK Points Based System

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

JUDGMENT was given by the United Kingdom Court of Appeal in the Secretary of State for the Home Department v Pankina [2010] EWCA Civ 719 and others on June 23, 2010, in relation to the period in which an applicant … Read more


Conservatives target citizenship squeeze

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE UK coalition government has announced major reforms on settlement visas for migrants including the abolition of Labour’s ‘Earned Citizenship’ programme. Since the election, the coalition government’s policy has been to put a quota on skilled migrants coming to the … Read more


Q & A: UK plans to deport Zimbabweans

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THERE is an air of panic and concern amongst the Zimbabwean community in the UK following the announcement by Britain’s Immigration Minister Damian Green that the UK Border Agency is resuming enforced returns of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. Enforced … Read more


Applying for indefinite leave to remain in UK

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration

THE UK Border Agency (UKBA) has released a statement to corporate partners asking that information should be relayed to community groups in a bid to ensure awareness regarding making an application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after the expiry … Read more