Recent country guidance on Afghanistan

The Home Office make decisions on asylum claims based on the individual asylum seeker’s testimony and any documentary evidence they submit, as well as information about the situation in that person’s country of origin. The Home Office produce “country policy and information notes” for this purpose – you can find them all here. These policy […]

Now available – translated sections of the Right to Remain Toolkit!

Right to Remain has teamed up with the brilliant Refugee Info Bus (who you can donate to here) to translate some sections of our popular toolkit into six (SIX!) languages. On each of these pages of the online Toolkit, you can find summaries of the following sections translated into Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Tigrinya, Amharic and […]

Home Office drops study ban for under-18s and some adults

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 (which we wrote about here). The changes also mean that the status of “temporary admission” no longer exists.  From now on, any migrant […]

What’s the difference between discrimination and persecution?

Asylum claims are considered under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, and its incorporation into European and UK immigration law. To be granted asylum (to get refugee status), you have to demonstrate that you have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, you are […]

Changes to Indefinite Leave to Remain rules for Turkish nationals

The Ankara Agreement In 1963, the Turkish European Communities Association Agreement was set up (part of the “Ankara Agreement”) in order to promote trade and economic relations between Turkey and the European community, “paving the way for Turkey’s eventual accession to the Community”. Under this agreement, Turkish nationals can apply for leave to remain in the […]

Leave to remain as a stateless person in the UK

A stateless person, as defined by the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons is “a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law”. Although the UK signed up the 1954 Convention, there was no formal mechanism for recognising and providing protection to stateless […]

Credibility in asylum claims

What is credibility and why does it matter? Lack of credibility is the main reason that asylum claims are refused by the Home Office. This means that the Home Office does not believe you have a well-founded fear of persecution – either because they don’t believe you are telling the truth about what has happened in the past, or […]

Bail accommodation

Part of the bail application form Since January 2018, people held in immigration detention centres have no longer been able to apply for “Section 4” accommodation to be bailed (released) to.  This accommodation was named after Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which provided a form of support to refused asylum seekers […]