April 2021 – Plans to Change Asylum Process


The government has launched a consultation which includes a temporary protection status for asylum seekers who are deemed to have entered the UK illegally.

Introducing the New Plan for Immigration - which sets out plans to overhaul the asylum system, the Home Secretary said whether people enter the UK legally or illegally will have an impact on how their asylum claim progresses and on their status in the UK if that claim is successful.

A claim will be deemed inadmissible if an individual enters the UK illegally having travelled through a safe country first in which they could and should have claimed asylum.

Only where removal is not possible will those who have successful claims (having entered illegally) receive a new temporary protection status. This status will be for a temporary period, no longer than 30 months, after which individuals will be reassessed for return to their country of origin or removal to another safe country. Temporary protection status will not include an automatic right to settle in the UK, family reunion rights will be restricted and there will be no recourse to public funds except in cases of destitution.

Consultation on the plan runs for six weeks from 24 March 2021 and seeks views from both stakeholders and members of the public.

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