Immigration: Windrush Generation

Home Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 May 2018 on Immigration, HCWS722, whether his Department plans to publish written guidance on the evidentiary burden on members of the Windrush generation who apply for citizenship or right to remain.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 May 2018 on Immigration, HCWS722, whether (a) members of the Windrush generation, (b) their children who were born in the UK or were minors when they arrived in the UK and (c) people who arrived in the UK between 1973 and 1988 who have been refused (i) citizenship and (ii) the right to remain will have the right to appeal against that decision in the UK.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 May 2018 on Immigration, HCWS722, whether (a) members of the Windrush generation, (b) their children who were born in the UK or were minors when they arrived in the UK and (c) people who arrived in the UK between 1973 and 1988 will have access to legal aid for their applications for (i) citizenship and (ii) the right to remain.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 May 2018 on Immigration, HCWS722, what training his Department will provide to immigration caseworkers on the new rules relating to that Statutory Instrument.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

On 24 May the Department published its guidance on how decision makers will decide a Windrush Scheme applications. The evidential burden is set out in the guidance that is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-scheme-casework-guidance

The Department has set up a dedicated team to proactively support members of the Windrush Generation and has implemented a simplified application process. All staff considering Windrush Scheme cases are experienced caseworkers, with further bespoke training focused on the published guidance set out in the Statutory Instrument and underlining the sensitive nature of these cases.

All applications under the Windrush Scheme will be handled sympathetically and proactively. The taskforce will ensure that all relevant evidence is considered and have already helped more than 800 people to get the documentation they need to demonstrate their right to be in the UK.

Anyone who believes their application has been refused incorrectly will be able to reapply through the scheme at no extra cost.

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