Change in procedures for further submissions, asylum and human rights claims

Liverpool Capital Building

UPDATE: All further submissions will have to be made in person in Liverpool from 30 March 2015. Following a legal challenge, the new system was deferred, but the Home Office have confirmed they “now intend to proceed from 30 March 2015, following a pause in implementation, during which, we have held further discussions with Liverpool […]

BID factsheet on challenging deportation

Bail Immigration for Detainees have published online their new factsheet on appealing deportations.  This is information about a deportation as opposed to forced/administrative removal.  This usually applies to foreign nationals who have completed a criminal sentence in the UK. Since the relevant part of the 2014 Immigration Act came into force, there is no automatic […]

New country guidance decision on DR Congo due

A new country guidance case on DR Congo is currently being heard in the courts.  The case will look at the risk on return to foreign national offenders, ‘failed’ asylum seekers and “low level sur place political activism”. The hearing began on 2 March 2015 and has been adjourned – more evidence will be heard […]

Country guidance decision: Pakistani Christians

Just before Christmas, the Upper Tribunal issued the Country Guidance decision on asylum claims by Pakistani Christians. Country guidance cases Country guidance cases/decisions are asylum appeals chosen (before a decision is made) by the immigration tribunal to give legal guidance for a particular country, or a particular group of people in a particular country. The […]

Legal aid guidance on exceptional cases ruled unlawful

The UK government (and the Home Office responsible for operating its asylum and immigration policies) did not have a good week in the Court of Appeal this week (week beginning 15 December 2014). In two separate parts of the asylum and immigration system, the Court ruled that the guidance or operation was unlawful.  On 16 […]

Representing yourself at the Upper-tier Tribunal

This blog post looks at appealing First-tier Tribunal refusals in asylum and immigration cases at the Upper-tier Tribunal. It does not address judicial reviews (most of which are heard at the Upper-tier Tribunal in asylum/immigration cases). See the Toolkit for more information on judicial reviews – we are in the process of updating our Toolkit, […]

High Court’s DFT Order is toothless but perhaps predictable

Post by Right to Remain volunteer, Jacqueline Farmer. On 9 July we celebrated the victory of our friends at Detention Action over immigration detention when the High Court ruled that the Detained Fast Track system was being operated unlawfully. Although previous judgments had been critical of the DFT system, this case was significant as it […]

LGBTI asylum claims – the difference, stigma, shame, harm model

Since the landmark 2010 Supreme Court judgment in which it was ruled the Home Office could not tell LGBTI asylum-seekers that they could go back to their country of origin and ‘live discreetly’, the Home Office has shifted its tactics in refusing asylum claims. As has been reported in the media, Home Office interviewers frequently […]

A (partial) victory against Detained Fast Track – Border Criminologies blog

This blog post is from the Border Criminologies blog. Based at the University of Oxford, Border Criminologies brings together academics, practitioners and those who have experienced border control from around the world. Showcasing original research from a range of perspectives, they aim to better understand the effect of border control and to explore alternatives. Guest […]