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

There has been a new development in this situation. Read the July 2018 update here. 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 […]

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 […]

8 reasons to hate the new bail procedures

This is a guest post by Tom Kemp.  Tom is a member of SOAS Detainee Support and a PhD Student at Kent Law School. He is currently writing about anti-detention activism and political thinking in the everyday work of anti-border social movements. Most of Schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016 were brought into force […]

Changes to immigration bail as of 15 January 2018

Image from the Bail Observation Project From 15 January 2018, the provisions of the 2016 Immigration Act regarding immigration bail come into force. This means that: the status of “temporary admission” no longer exists.  Temporary admission was a status which allowed a person to be lawfully in the UK without being detained (before they have been […]

2018 print edition of Right to Remain’s Toolkit – what’s new?

We have now taken delivery of 1000 copies of the brand new print version of the Right to Remain Toolkit.  (We can hardly move in our tiny office!) We’ve been asked to flag up the changes between this edition and the version that came out in 2016. Firstly, there aren’t too many changes, as the print version […]