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Changes to the asylum and immigration process due to Covid-19

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Because of the Coronavirus public health crisis, there have been some temporary changes to the asylum and immigration process. This includes to the asylum substantive interview, further submissions, visa extensions, appeal hearings, reporting requirements and detention.

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How to use the Right to Remain Toolkit website

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Find out how to use the Right to Remain Toolkit website (our guide to the UK asylum and immigration system): how to navigate it, the different features it has, and all the useful information and advice you can find in it.

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Updated EU nationals page of the Right to Remain Toolkit

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We have updated the EU/EEA nationals page of the Right to Remain Toolkit (our guide to the UK asylum and immigration system) now that the main deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) has passed.

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Challenging reporting conditions

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting requirements have been paused for many people and largely reduced for others. Now that the lockdown measures are relaxing, the Home Office are likely to start to ask people to report again.

Migrants Organise have produced a checklist to help you see if your reporting requirements are appropriate to your situation. If the requirements aren’t appropriate, you may be able to challenge them

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Border Nation by Leah Cowan

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Leah Cowan’s Border Nation (published by Pluto Press) is a short, sharp, incisive analysis of the colonial origins of borders, the violence of immigration control and the profit motive driving so much of immigration policy and practice.

There are quotable lines on every page of this short book, which manages to dig deep into the issues and link up weighty ideas while still being very accessible.

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Guide to right to rent checks from Law for Life

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The organisation Law for Life have produced an information guide about right to rent. The guide includes information about who has a right to rent, when you need to prove this right and when you don’t, how to prove a right to rent, changes as a result of Brexit and Covid-19, what you can do if you are discriminated against in this process and more.

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Guide from ASAP on going through an asylum support appeal

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The organisation ASAP (Asylum Support Appeals Project) have made an easy-read guide to going through an asylum support appeal.

Asylum support is financial assistance and/or accommodation from the Home Office when you are going through the asylum process. To get asylum support, you have to apply to the Home Office and show that you meet the criteria to receive it (including that you are destitute).

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Contacting the Home Office about permission to work

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We get a lot of people contacting us with queries about requesting permission to work from the Home Office, when you have been waiting a long time for a decision on your asylum claim.

Following two legal challenges, the Home Office has amended its published policy on granting permission to work. In this new document, they specify the contact details for requesting permission.

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