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Posted on April 24th 2018

 DON’T PANIC! 

There is plenty of time to resolve this. The changes announced by Amber Rudd are not going to expire at any set time. Right now the helpline has only just been set up. We have received no written guidance as  to what rules it will apply, nor as to any changes to the Immigration Rules that may come with them.  

 

GET ADVICE BEFORE CALLING 

We do not want to worry you. These rule changes will help some people, and it looks like it will be cheaper and easier than before to confirm/regularise your status. BUT, as is always the case with the Home Office, if your application is ultimately refused you may be referred to immigration enforcement, told you do not have legal status in the country, detained or subjected to removal action.  In summary – the new rules & taskforce may be brilliant for you, but please get advice first.  

 

HOW TO GET ADVICE 

JCWI can provide you with free initial advice to help you present your claim:  

  • Email us if you can at Legal@jcwi.org.uk. Please provide your name, contact number and any details you can about your case; 

  • If you are currently having difficulty because of your documentation (e.g. can’t access NHS care, lost your job, been told by Home Office you’re not here legally) please tell us. We will prioritise your case; 

  • Please also tell us if you are NOT currently having difficulty so that we can respond first to those who need urgent help; 

  • If you can’t email us, you can also call our telephone advice line on 020 7553 7470 which is open between 10AM - 1PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

 

IF YOU’RE NOT SURE WHETHER THIS APPLIES TO YOU 

Please ring the undocumented migrants telephone advice line on 020 7553 7470 which is open between 10AM - 1PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

 

HOW TO HELP 

Please donate to our Windrush & Hostile Environment fighting fund.  

Write to your MP to demand an inquiry on this issue.  

If you are a charity or law firm able to provide pro bono advice in immigration matters, please contact us at legal@jcwi.org.uk with some information on your organisation and what capacity you may have to accept referrals.  

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