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News story: Sopra Steria has been awarded a new UKVI contract

Sopra Steria has been awarded the contract to deliver a new service for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK, the Immigration Minister announced today (Thursday 17 May).

The new service will deliver a more streamlined application process from over 60 locations across the UK, including 56 local libraries.

Under the new arrangements people using the service will be able to submit biometric information including photos, fingerprints, and signatures and their supporting evidence at a single appointment. The evidence will then be copied and sen...

News story: Home Secretary launches Windrush compensation scheme call for evidence

The month-long call for evidence which was launched by the Home Secretary in a written ministerial statement today (May 10) is the first step to establishing the scheme for those who have suffered financial loss because of difficulties proving their immigration status.

As part of this process the Home Office will be engaging with affected communities, enabling people to share their experiences with Home Office staff. People and community groups will also be able to submit written evidence.

The call for evidence will run until 8 June. This will be followed by a full consultation on ...

Open consultation: Windrush compensation: call for evidence

The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary have made a pledge to support those of the Windrush generation who have faced difficulties in establishing their status under the immigration system. They have committed to do right by those who have contributed so much and are such an integral part of the country.

As a first step, the Home Secretary has announced the launch of a call for evidence which is an opportunity for those who have been affected and their families by this situation to tell us what happened, how it has affected you and what you believe the planned compensation scheme needs t...

Policy paper: Response to the report on an inspection of the vulnerable persons resettlement scheme

The Home Office’s response to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report which includes achievements and recommendations for improvement.

Guidance: Appeal bundles

This guidance tells all staff who produce appeals bundles how to prepare an appeal bundle and update caseworking systems. It consolidates and replaces all existing guidance on the preparation of appeal bundles and updating caseworking systems.

Guidance: Appeals process

This guidance is for administrative staff, presenting officers, managers, and senior caseworkers in presenting officer units (POUs). It explains the processes to follow when appeal court list data is sent to POUs (usually 6 working days before the hearing date). It covers:

  • allocating appeals
  • case management reviews
  • adjourned appeals
  • post-appeal action
News story: Free citizenship for the Windrush generation

The offer, which will be available to people from all Commonwealth countries, not just Caribbean nationals, will extend to individuals who have no current documentation, those who already have leave to remain and want to advance their status, and children of the Windrush generation.

In addition, the Home Secretary confirmed that a compensation scheme will be set up for individuals who have suffered loss or damage because of their inability to evidence their right to be in the UK and to access services. The Home Office will be engaging with stakeholders on the scope of the compensation on o...

Statement to Parliament: Home Secretary statement on the Windrush generation

From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, many people came to this country from around the Commonwealth to make their lives here and help rebuild Britain after the war.

All members of this House will have seen the recent heartbreaking stories of individuals who have been in this country for decades struggling to navigate an immigration system in a way they never, ever should have been.

These people worked here for decades. In many cases they helped establish the National Health Service. They paid their taxes, enriched our culture. They feel British in all but legal status and this should ne...

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