How is the Home Office prioritising asylum claims?
The Home Office has explained in newly published guidance 'Asylum decision-making prioritisation' how they will decide the order for decision making of asylum claims. This provides some much-needed clarity to the process. As anyone working in the... A ...1st November 2023
What next for evacuated Sudanese nationals?
Following the outbreak of the conflict in Sudan earlier this year the UK government evacuated thousands of people. This included a number of Sudanese nationals, some of whom were single parents accompanying their British children. What their current.. ...23rd August 2023
New country guidance on Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 22nd May 2023 the Upper Tribunal published a new country guidance on case on Democratic Republic of Congo, PO (DRC – Post 2018 elections) (CG)  UKUT 00117. PO considers the risk of persecution for political opponents following the election ...2nd June 2023
New policy: temporary permission to stay for victims of human trafficking
The Home Office’s new policy temporary permission to stay for victims of trafficking and slavery was published on 30 January 2023. It accompanies the new appendix to the Immigration Rules of the same name, which was published on 18 October 2022 and ...7th February 2023
A guide to making fresh claims
Further submissions or a ‘fresh claim’ is a process for submitting an asylum (or human rights) application where there has been a previous failed claim and all appeal rights have been exhausted. It can be an effective tool for rectifying years of ...6th December 2022
Briefing: Inadmissibility in asylum claims after the Nationality and Borders Act 2022
The government’s new rules on inadmissibility in asylum claims have come into force and now apply to asylum claims made on or after 28 June 2022. These rules set out the circumstances where an asylum claim will be put on hold while the Home Offic... ...5th September 2022
How does the Home Office assess sexual identity in asylum claims?
People claiming asylum based on their sexual orientation, including homosexuality and bisexuality, may form part of a "particular social group" which qualifies for protection under the Refugee Convention. In deciding whether to accept an asyl... Alr ...22nd October 2021
Briefing: the Nationality and Borders Bill, Part 4 (modern slavery)
Part 4 of the Nationality and Borders Bill addresses modern slavery and human trafficking. The Home Office’s goals for reform in this area are, as ever, focused on criminality. The Home Secretary has promised that the Bill will "break the busi... Al ...19th July 2021
Can asylum seekers work while waiting for a decision on their case?
A recent technical error cutting countless asylum seekers off from their already-meagre support payments of £39.63 a week has shed light on the difficulties those applying for asylum face in meeting their basic needs while their claims are bei... Alr ...16th June 2021
Briefing: the support system for migrant victims of human trafficking
When the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced, it was heralded by the government as a momentous piece of legislation which would “give protection to the victims who need it”. The Act introduced a reformed system for identifying, supporting a... ...24th August 2020