Immigration and asylum



This page provides a directory of information and sources of support for immigrants, asylum-seekers and their representatives while the system is affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you feel there is anything missing from this page, please tweet us at @gcnchambers and we will update the information as best we can.

Home Office/UKVI:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents (advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheet: visa customers outside of the UK, 24 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheet: visa holders and short-term residents in the UK, 24 March 2020

(the factsheets go into more detail than the top webpage)

COVID-19: Guidance and advice for OISC regulated organisations and those seeking regulation

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks

Immigration reporting centres (Home Office has decided that reporting as a condition of immigration bail should be temporarily deferred while it reviews how frequently people should report. You will receive an SMS text message soon with details of your next reporting date)

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK (due to the operational impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the UK’s visa applications centres are currently closed. All visa decision waiting times will be delayed until further notice. The ‘priority service’ and ‘super priority service’ are suspended for applications made outside the UK)

UKVCAS (for advice on what to do if you cannot attend your appointment)

Tribunals/Immigration and Asylum Chamber:

Presidential Practice Statement Note No 1 of 2020: arrangements during the COVID-19 Pandemic, 23 March 2020 (with the exception of HR/EEA appeals, all appeals to the First-tier Tribunal must be commenced using the online procedure unless it is not possible to do so)

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Hearings Notice (generic directions to provide appeal skeleton argument being sent out to appellants: see ILPA letter re how there is no funding for this)

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Hearings Notice, 23 March 2020 (generic notice that all hearings up to 30 April 2020 converted to CMRs via telephone or Skype)

Coronavirus (Covid-19 Pandemic): Judicial review applications to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) that require urgent or immediate consideration (Form T483), 23 March 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, 19 March 2020


Update on ILPA recommendations to the Home Office on COVID-19, 25 March 2020

ILPA recommendations to the Home Office on COVID-19, 21 March 2020


Free Movement (blog): Coronavirus and the UK Immigration System

Free Movement (blog): Coronavirus and the EU Settlement Scheme

Doctors of the World: Latest NHS guidelines translated into 32 languages


Organizations providing free legal support and advice in asylum and immigration law

AIRE Centre (London, EU issues)

ATLEU (London, trafficking)

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) (includes a special project on refugee family reunion)

Kids in Need of Defence UK

Liverpool Law Clinic (statelessness)

Manual Bravo Project (Leeds, fresh claims)

Migrant Help

Project for the Registration of the Children as British Citizens,

Asylum support:

Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) (London)

GMIAU (Manchester)

Refugee Action

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