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Constituency casework: asylum, immigration and nationality

Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Members of Parliament handle an enormous number of immigration, nationality and asylum enquiries from constituents. This briefing provides a brief overview of the UK’s immigration and asylum system and basic British nationality law. It also outlines the legal restrictions on giving immigration advice, gives some suggestions on handling constituents’ enquiries, refers to some sources of information that may be helpful for straightforward questions, and highlights training courses available to Members’ staff.

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Members of Parliament handle an enormous number of immigration, nationality and asylum enquiries from constituents.  Many of them are straightforward and can be answered using information that is readily available, for example on the internet, or by using the Home Office’s dedicated MPs’ correspondence channels.  Others are more complex and require specialist advice from a solicitor or professional adviser.  It is an offence for unauthorised people to give immigration advice.

This briefing provides a short overview of the UK’s immigration and asylum system and basic British nationality law.  It also outlines the legal restrictions on giving immigration advice, gives some suggestions on handling constituents’ enquiries, refers to some sources of information that may be helpful for straightforward questions, and highlights training courses available to Members’ staff.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN03186

Authors: Melanie Gower; Hannah Wilkins

Topics: Asylum, Immigration, Nationality

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