This session explored several key aspects of the immigration system. You should now have a clearer idea of the volume of immigration law and the Immigration Rules: together, they form the UK’s system of immigration law and immigration control. They create a complex picture that immigration advisers, immigration officials, individuals and judges have to navigate.
You have also been introduced to summaries of key primary legislation, explored the typical layout of an Act of Parliament and familiarised yourself with. The role of secondary legislation, the unique place of the Immigration Rules, the work of the Home Office and the responsibilities of the Home Secretary have all been considered.
The learning outcomes for this session were as follows:
- Knowledge and understanding of:
- provisions of immigration law
- the work of the immigration tribunal system
- Practical and professional skills of:
- locating and assessing relevant information (digital literacy skills)
- reflecting on, and planning, your own learning.
If you feel that you have not achieved any of these learning outcomes, then please revisit the relevant section.
Activity 3: Self-reflection for Session 2
Session 2 has included a great deal of information that Sessions 3 and 4 will build on. You have taken in a lot of information and been presented with the complexity of the immigration system. Think about how you approached your study in this session and use the space below to answer the following questions:
- What aspect of your studies on this session worked well for you, and why?
- What aspect did not work well, and why?
- Did you take any notes? If so, how have you organised these so that you can return to them in later sessions?
- Without looking back through it, what three things do you remember about the session?
There are no correct answers to this activity. The activity was designed to provide an opportunity for reflection and planning. Understanding how and why study is going well (or perhaps not so well) is an important aspect of learning. Building on aspects that go well and improving on aspects that do not are key to successful study.
The session covered several key points. You may have picked up on some of the following:
- the volume of legislation
- Immigration Rules
- grounds for appeal
- the role of the Home Office
- the need to check that the correct rules are being applied for a particular application
- continual updating of legislation
- the range of materials available
- accessibility of primary legislation through legislation.gov.uk
- being able to understand what an Act covers …
- … and then searching the Act for the information that you need
- how an Act is structured
- the role of secondary legislation and rights of appeal from decisions of the Home Office.
Before you move on, think about how you are planning your study time (and whether your plans are successful), your note-taking, and how you are gathering information that will assist you in your examination preparation.
Now it’s time to move on to Session 3.