A price-tag on love, and a ban masquerading as a rule

Legal Updates

On 9th July 2012, the government brought in family immigration rules so divisive that the UK’s immigration policy is now the least family friendly in the developed world.  We have a price tag on love for those wishing to sponsor a foreign partner, and block the door altogether for those wishing to sponsor an elderly parent.

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The asylum interview

Legal Updates

This week, we ran our signature training session – with René Cassin – on understanding the asylum and immigration system, the barriers that people face when going through it, and practical actions supporters can take to help people through.

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Submitting a fresh claim

Legal Updates

This is the third and final post in our series on asylum and human rights fresh claims.  The first post in the series looked at what a fresh claim is and on what basis one might be made.  The second post gave guidance on preparing your own fresh claim.  This final post will look at the process for submitting further submissions to be considered as a fresh claim.

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Flowchart showing the fresh claims process

Preparing a fresh claim

Legal Updates

This is the second in a series of posts on asylum and human rights fresh claims.  The first post in the series looked at ‘what is a fresh claim?’, the fresh claim legal test, possible fresh claim outcomes, and the basis on which you might make a fresh claim.

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What is a fresh claim?

Legal Updates

One of the aspects of the asylum and immigration system in the UK that we at Right to Remain get asked about most, and around which support groups can do a great deal to help someone going through the legal process, is fresh claims.

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Communicating with your lawyer

Legal Updates

Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and your own legal case, is more important than ever. Cuts to legal aid (free, government-funded legal representation) mean that more and more people have no lawyer at all and are forced to navigate this very complicated system without legal representation.

Even if you have a lawyer, it’s important to understand your own legal case – this is your case and your life and you need to keep track of what is happening and whether the lawyer is doing the things they should be.

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Do-It-Yourself fresh claims

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For people who have been refused asylum, and had their appeal to the Tribunal dismissed, a fresh claim for asylum, with new evidence or new grounds, can be the route to sanctuary, to regularisation of status.

There are limits and difficulties in doing this yourself, or helping someone if you are not a lawyer, but there are some aspects where community supporters can really help.

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Strategic Legal Fund – for vulnerable young migrants

Legal Updates

The Strategic Legal Fund awards grants to fund strategic legal work in any area of law where vulnerable young migrants experience disadvantage or discrimination as a result of migration status. It only supports work which has a reasonable prospect of making changes to law, policy or practice which will benefit a significant number of young migrants.

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Another month, another statement of changes in the Immigration Rules

Legal Updates

The Immigration Rules are published by the Home Office and set out the rules which immigration applications have to follow to be successful. They are frequently amended. They have been described as “not subordinate legislation but detailed statements by a minister of the Crown as to how the Crown proposes to exercise its executive power to control immigration.”

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