London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile

A new study by the University of Wolverhampton has estimated that over 215,000 children are growing up in the UK without any formal immigration status. Some arrived in the UK as children and over half were born in the UK. Without their papers, children can access basic healthcare and go to school, but once they…



Age assessment guidance for young asylum seekers challenged

After many years of concerns being raised by NGOs working with asylum seekers, the Home Office has significantly revised its age assessment guidance following a Court of Appeal finding that its policy regarding age disputes was unlawful. Age disputes are a significant problem facing young migrants. Many children seeking protection in the UK are unable…


Immigration policy on assessing age of young asylum seekers found to be unlawful

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has today welcomed this week’s judgment from the Court of Appeal finding Home Office policy regarding young asylum seekers and age disputes to be unlawful. Age disputes are a significant problem facing young migrants and Kamena Dorling of CCLC, as co-chair of the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium, provided a…


Home Office freezes immigration and nationality fees

In a major win for campaigning organisations, the Home Office will not be raising most immigration and nationality fees for the 2019/20 financial year. The Home Office may have declined to raise fees in line with its usual practice because of the impending publication of a review of Home Office fees, due in March 2019.…


Labour pledges to end ‘rip off’ Home Office fees in immigration cases

Let Us Learn and Coram Children’s Legal Centre, working together on the ‘We Belong’ campaign, welcome today’s pledge from Labour to end the current ‘rip off’ of immigration application fees by reducing them to closer reflect the actual cost price of processing applications. As noted in the speech by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, many…


Separated migrant children to be granted legal aid following NGO campaigning

Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes today’s announcement from the Ministry of Justice that immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children in care will be brought back into the scope of legal aid. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Justice to amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO)…


New GLA guidance for young Londoners on securing rights to citizenship and residence

On 3 July 2018 the Greater London Assembly published new guidance aimed at helping young Londoners to secure their citizenship or immigration status. CCLC wholeheartedly welcomes the publication of this guidance by the GLA. Support from the Mayor of London for young people with insecure immigration status – young people Sadiq Khan called ‘London’s DREAMers’…



Considering the best interests of asylum-seeking children in the National Transfer Scheme

A recent report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration looked at the Home Office’s handling of unaccompanied children seeking asylum, and gave particular focus to how the best interests of those children are upheld when they are transferred from one local authority area to another under the National Transfer Scheme (NTS). The…



Studying and immigration bail

We have published an information page on studying, ‘no study’ conditions and immigration bail. In January 2018, changes were made to the law regarding immigration bail. Anyone without leave to remain to enter will be subject to immigration bail. This includes asylum seekers, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, undocumented children and young people and care leavers without…