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Immigration status checks on bank accounts

Legal Updates

As further measures of the Hostile Environment (or “Compliance Environment” in the Home Office’s rebranding) come into force, we look at the background to immigration checks on bank accounts, who is affected, and what people should do if they are wrongly told they are not entitled to an account.

Update: in May 2018, the Home Office announced that immigration checks on bank accounts are to be suspended in the wake of the Windrush scandal.

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What do the Home Office say about Afghanistan?

Legal Updates

The Home Office’s statistics on asylum decisions show that for the 302 decisions made on Afghan asylum claims between April and June 2017, 100 resulted in the granting of refugee status; 4 in the granting of humanitarian protection; 2 grants of discretionary leave; 44 ‘other grants’; and 152 refusals of Afghan asylum claims.

Given the frequent, deadly attacks on Kabul and many other areas in Afghanistan, the refusal of roughly half of the asylum claims considered may seem somewhat surprising. On what basis are the Home Office making these decisions?

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Preparing for the asylum interview – from those who have been there

Legal Updates

Over the years of working with people going through the asylum and immigration system, we have seen how disastrously unprepared most people are going into their asylum substantive interview.

This is one of the reasons we produce the Right to Remain Toolkit, and why we’re working with a new group in Sheffield to help new asylum-seekers prepare for their asylum interview.

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Refusal of entry to the UK and re-entry bans

Legal Updates

Under the immigration rules, there are “general grounds” under which an application to enter the UK can be refused.

In addition to the general grounds of refusal, re-entry bans are applied to certain categories of people who breached immigration law in certain ways in a previous attempt to enter or stay in the UK.

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Brexit and EEA nationals’ right to remain in the UK

Legal Updates

Since the Brexit referendum we have, not surprisingly, been contacted by lots of people asking about the situation for European nationals and their families.

It’s been a difficult question to answer because there’s still so much uncertainty about what the legal situation will be after Brexit – it will depend on negotiations and perhaps new agreements with EEA states.

There have, however, been some really useful resources put out to explain the current situation, what may change, and what people can do to be in the strongest position possible when the UK leaves the European Union.

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Learning, friendship and solidarity blossom in Sheffield

Legal Updates

In Sheffield this month, Right to Remain and a new local volunteer group, Early Asylum Support, ran the second in our new programme of information sessions for newly-arrived asylum seekers.

The sessions are focused on the crucial first steps of the legal process, and in particular the asylum substantive interview. The content is based on the Right to Remain Toolkit and the constant learning we do with asylum seekers and their supporters in communities across the UK.

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