Another month, another statement of changes in the Immigration Rules

The Immigration Rules are published by the Home Office and set out the rules which immigration applications have to follow to be successful. They are frequently amended. They have been described as “not subordinate legislation but detailed statements by a minister of the Crown as to how the Crown proposes to exercise its executive power […]

Age Assessments: new guidance and helpful factsheet

Age assessments are carried out if a young person who is seeking asylum has their age disputed,: the young person states they are under 18 years old, and the Home Office or the local authority asked for support (including social services) says they think they are over 18 years old. The young person’s age is […]

The Immigration Bill 2015 and immigration detention

This is the Detention Forum’s briefing for the second reading of the 2015 Immigration Bill, and what it could mean for immigration detention. Summary The Immigration Bill would risk seriously restricting judicial oversight of the Home Office’s powers of immigration detention.  The Bill would abolish the system of ‘bail addresses’ that enables destitute migrants to […]

Immigration Bill 2015: ILPA briefing

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This is a briefing from ILPA, the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. ILPA will be publishing more briefings as the Bill passes through parliament. To keep up to date with the latest news, go the ILPA website and subscribe to receive briefings and information sheets by email. The next stage in the parliamentary process will be […]

Charter flight to Afghanistan: permission to appeal granted


Refused asylum seekers with removal directions for the charter flight to Afghanistan on 26 August 2015 should seek immediate legal advice, following the order made by Lord Justice Clarke in solicitors Duncan Lewis’ recent legal action. The Court of Appeal has granted the lawyers permission to appeal in the case of HN Afghanistan and others […]

Appeals and removals in the detained-fast track system

On 2 July, the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the suspension of the detained-fast track system (which handles certain asylum claims, deemed to be quick and easy to resolve).  Read the story of the legal cases that led to the suspension in our blog post here. In Detention Action’s successful legal cases, the High Court […]

Impact of DFT suspension

On 2 July 2015, the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced he was suspending the Detained Fast-Track system, part of the asylum process.  This was in response to several successful legal challenges.  Read our blogpost on the announcement here. Listen to this handy audio piece by Detention Action, the organisation that successfully challenged the Fast-Track in […]

Returns to DRC: understanding the Home Office guidance and recent case law

In July, the Home Office issued new Country Information and Guidance for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Home Office Country Information and Guidance Country Information and Guidance documents are, according to the Home Office guidance to Home Office decision makers on handling claims from nationals who claim to fear mistreatment on return [to their […]

Country info – LGBTI people in Jamaica

To be granted refugee status in the UK you need to prove that you have a well-founded fear that, if you were returned to your country of origin, you would be persecuted for one of the reasons covered by the Refugee Convention, and that the government/authorities in your country could not protect you from this […]