Asylum and immigration tribunal fees increase

Update 25 November 2016: the government has (for the moment at least) reversed the court fees increase described below.  It was announced that as of today the appeal fees would revert to the previous level, and refunds would be made to those who had paid the increased fees.  The government will review the situation and […]

Judicial reviews and preventing forced removal

The Home Office published new enforcement instructions and guidance on 31 October 2016 on, among other things, judicial reviews and injunctions. The new guidance limits even further the situations in which judicial review proceedings will lead to the Home Office suspending a forced removal or deportation. A judicial review is a form of court proceeding […]

Released but not yet free: the Home Office immigration curfew system

This post was written by Ravi Naik, Public and International Law Solicitor and Head of Public Law at ITN Solicitors. Ravi acted for the Claimant in the “Gedi v SSHD” case discussed below.  This article (and the more detailed case analysis written for the Justice Gap) are part of Unlocking Detention, which runs until 18 […]

New country guidance case on risk on return to Sudan

Thanks to the immigration barrister Colin Yeo of the Free Movement blog for news of this country guidance case being published. Country guidance cases are asylum appeals chosen by the immigration tribunal to give legal guidance for a particular country, or a particular group of people in a particular country. The decisions in these cases […]

Asylum claims: Ethiopia

We are often asked, “Do people get asylum if they are from [x or y country]?” It’s impossible to generalise about how asylum claims will be decided – although the grant rate for some countries is higher than others, each asylum claim should (in theory) be decided on an individual, case-by-case basis.  The decision will […]

Human rights cases: medical grounds

At Right to Remain, we frequently get contacted by people (or their supporters) seeking the right to remain in the UK due to their medical situation.   We cannot give immigration advice, and we also do not undertake individual casework – instead we provide information so that people can understand the legal process, know what their […]

Home Office asylum policy guidance: sexuality

In February 2015, the Home Office issued new asylum policy guidance on sexual identity issues in asylum interviews. Widespread incidents of Home Office interviewers asking offensive and inappropriate questions to people claiming asylum because of their sexuality have become somewhat notorious.  Paul Dillane has recently written an excellent article about the “toxic mix of homophobia, […]

Hungary: current situation re returns under Dublin Regulations

Hungary train station

Under the Dublin Regulations, the UK can refuse to process your asylum application. If you are an adult and you claim asylum in the UK, and the Home Office proves that you have travelled through a safe country on your journey to the UK, they will “transfer” your case and say that you have to […]

Thinking about evidence in family life, rights of the child cases

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, […]