Legal Updates

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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Legal Updates

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.

Legal Updates

The UK government has introduced new regulations under which they can rule that an asylum claim is inadmissible. This means the Home Office does not have to consider the claim in the UK if they rule that another country – a “safe third country” – should in fact be responsible for your asylum claim.

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Legal Updates

As the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, we’ve updated our “EU Law” page in the Right to Remain Toolkit.

This page now looks at applying to the Settled Status scheme if you’re an EEA national and in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020.

Legal Updates

The organisation BID have produced a new self-help leaflet to help people without a lawyer appeal against deportation on the basis of the family life with a child in the UK.

The leaflet explains the meaning of ‘the best interests’ of children in deportation appeals.

Legal Updates

This week, the Immigration Health Surcharge increased from £400 to £624.

Read more about the surcharge – and who is exempt from paying – in the Entering the UK section of the Right to Remain Toolkit. We’ve updated the Toolkit to reflect these changes.

Legal Updates

Last year, we wrote on the blog that the Home Office policy of “removal windows” had been suspended after a challenge by the organisation Medical Justice.

The Court of Appeal has now ruled on the matter. Find out what they said.

Legal Updates

A short video about the delays people are experiencing in their legal cases – why they’re happening, how long people are waiting, and what you can do.

Legal Updates

A quick video update on the latest situation in the asylum and immigration system during Covid-19, local lockdowns, and some restarting of the process (for good and bad).

Legal Updates

The All4One group has launched a brilliant new resource on age assessments. The All4One group, based with GMIAU, are in Greater Manchester and have themselves experienced age assessments.