New updated leaflet from the brilliant Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens on children and their rights to British citizenship – for parents, carers and children.
The guide was created in partnership with families who access Hackney Migration Centre, and Project 17, Akwaaba, Nelma, Migrants Rights Network and Together With Migrant Children.
At one of the training sessions we ran this week with volunteers who are keen to learn more and do more for people seeking the right to remain in the UK – we looked at evidence. What ‘evidence’ means, in the context of asylum, immigration and human rights cases. How someone can get this evidence, and how others can help them. We discussed how important documentary evidence is, when so many legal cases are refused on the basis of credibility – the Home Office or the courts don’t believe you are telling the truth.
In January 2018, the provisions of the 2016 Immigration Act regarding immigration bail came into force.
This changed the situation for people applying for immigration bail in order to be released from detention.
The changes also mean that the status of “temporary admission” no longer exists. From now on, any migrant lawfully in the UK without leave to remain (including asylum seekers) is technically on immigration bail.
This is very confusing, and is also now having an additional effect on people trying to access education while they seek the right to remain in the UK.
The Guardian newspaper reported this weekend on a distressing story of three children aged eight, six and five, who were taken into care when the Home Office detained their father, Kenneth Oranyendu.
The three children, and the children’s mother, are British citizens. Their mother is currently in Nigeria, attending a family funeral. Mr Oranyendu does not currently have the right to remain in the UK, and the Home Office is attempting to deport him from the UK (he has completed a three-year criminal sentence).
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