Asylum Application Process

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

What steps he is taking to improve the asylum application process.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office is committed to ensuring that asylum claims are considered and protection is granted, where necessary, as soon as possible. We have ambitious plans to improve the system, including developing new service standards to ensure that cases with acute vulnerability are prioritised.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

Last December, the Home Secretary said that he would look into lifting the ban on asylum seekers working. Will he please set out his view on whether or not asylum seekers should have the right to work after they have lodged their applications?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The hon. Lady will know that in certain circumstances asylum seekers can work: after a year and if the occupation is on the shortage occupation list. She is right: I have said that. We continue to look at how we can change this and how we can expand those rights potentially. That work is under review and we will report to the House in due course.