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This blog is all about Asylum Update which contains the New Guidance on Permission to Work & Delays in Asylum Decisions


Those individuals who seek asylum in the United Kingdom are not generally permitted to work during their claim is being judged. Then again, the Home Office may give authorization to work to asylum seekers whose claim has been unresolved for over a Year through no liability of their own.

This is permission to work however in name only, because of it being limited to jobs on the shortage occupation list issued by the Home Office. The great mass of asylum seekers permitted authorization to work will be incapable to ever actually practice that authorization, as they will under no circumstances be entitled for the insignificant number of highly specialised occupations on the list. Some light at the end of the tunnel possibly is a fresh evaluation from the Migration Advisory Committee which has suggested an extension of the shortage occupation list. Whether or not the listing will in fact be extended remains to be established. Either way, it is expected not to go far enough for movements to lift the ban completely, which have gradually been assembling momentum.


The Home Office’s modernized asylum policy guidance on authorization to work for asylum applicants does not make any considerable policy modifications; revising the procedure for modifying ARC cards and renewing travel costs data. Nevertheless, this originates at the same time as the Home Office affirming that they are shifting away from the six-month aim for making asylum decisions. In the past, the Home Office strategy was for a judgement to be made on an asylum application inside six months of the fundamental interview, with exclusions for more difficult cases.

A spokesperson from the Home Office stated:


“We are dedicated to confirming that asylum claims are measured without needless delay, to make sure that individuals who need safety are allowed asylum as soon as possible and can start to incorporate and rebuild their lives, including those granted at appeal.


We have shifted away from the six-month service standard to focus on cases with severe exposure and those in receipt of the greatest level of support, including lone asylum-seeking children (UASC).”

The six-month aim has been frequently missed over the years and it is perhaps not amazing that the Home Office are admitting the issue. In 2017, only 75% of cases were not settled within six months. 25%, over 14,300 individuals, were not. With rising delays comes an ever-increasing possibility of applicants seeking permission to work while they wait. Whether that authorization being permitted has any significant impact on their lives is another matter.


If you need help with your asylum claim, contact you nearest solicitor for professional guidance about your claim and the asylum procedure.



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