Asylum: Right to Work

UPDATE: As a result of losing their challenge to ZO (Somalia) the UKBA is changing the immigration rules to allow asylum seekers who made asylum claims before 05 March 2007 (and are being
UPDATE: As a result of losing their challenge to ZO (Somalia) the UKBA is changing the immigration rules to allow asylum seekers who made asylum claims before 05 March 2007 (and are being managed by the case resolution directorate) and those who have already made further submission to apply for permission to work.

Unfortunately, they will only be entitled to take up a job which is included on the list of shortage occupations published by the UKBA. Click here for a copy of the current list.

PREVIOUS BLOG (29.07.10): The Home Office appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed. This confirms that in cases where a fresh asylum claim has been made and no decision was reached by the Home Office for a year, the asylum seeker obtains a right to work under European Law.

Home Office ministers are trying to thwart the impact of this ruling by severely restricting the jobs 45,000 asylum seekers can apply for. The immigration minister, Damian Green, is currently investigating restricting these asylum seekers from more than 28.5m jobs and limit them to industries in which there are official staff shortages – a tiny fraction of the jobs in the UK economy.

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