There are an estimated 120,000 undocumented children living in the UK. It is vital to raise awareness of the challenges they face as a result of their irregular immigration status and uncertain future.
Through work funded by the supported options initiative, we are encouraging all professionals working with children to recognise when a child is undocumented and support them in resolving their immigration status as early as possible.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre guide to the legal routes to status available to undocumented children and young people was published in June 2017, entitled ‘Securing permanent status: existing legal routes for children and young people without leave to remain in the UK’. This document is not intended for use to assist individuals with their immigration applications, but instead is designed to highlight the legal options to gaining status, and some of the particular hurdles, including financial and evidential requirements, that are faced when regularising immigration status. It cannot replace legal advice for someone who wants to make an application.