April 27th, 2018
Problems faced by the ‘Windrush’ migrants are putting the UK’s immigration system in the spotlight.
By law, your right to live and work in the UK must be checked in everyday situations. Banks, landlords and hospitals carry out these checks.
But it can be hard to prove you have a right to be in the UK. The ‘Windrush generation’ came from Commonwealth countries to live in the UK before 1971. But some of them have recently had trouble showing they have a legal right to live and work here.
People often turn to experts for help with problems. Here are some useful facts.
Who can help me with immigration in the UK?
Immigration advisers and lawyers can help with:
- applications to enter or remain in the UK
- documents needed for employment
- nationality and citizenship issues.
In the UK, advising people about immigration is a regulated activity. It is a criminal offence for anyone to provide such advice if they are not properly regulated.
Immigration advisers in the UK are regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).
Legal executives, barristers and solicitors can also help you with immigration.
There are different regulators for lawyers. So, before you take immigration advice from anyone, make sure they are legally allowed to help you. Ask them who they are regulated by and check that they are regulated with that regulator. If they say they are regulated by OISC you should check that they are included in the OISC Advisor Finder.
Visit our Types of lawyer page to learn about regulators
How much will it cost? Finding someone to help you with immigration advice
Search online for local immigration advisers. Ask if they offer a free consultation and be clear about fees.
You can get free advice about your situation from charities such as Citizens Advice, or by visiting a Law Centre or a free legal advice clinic.
April 17th, 2018
Holiday sickness is in the news again, with more than 9 million Brits having been chased by claims management companies to make holiday sickness claims, ABTA reports.
Most holiday sickness claims are for around £2,000. But before you make a claim, get the facts.
1: Don’t make a fake claim
Many holiday makers who make false claims say they got food poisoning at their hotel or resort.
The government is clamping down on fake claims. Making a fake claim is a serious crime in the UK. In October 2017, a couple from Merseyside were jailed for faking food poisoning on their holiday.
Someone may contact you to make a claim. If you weren’t ill, delete their message or hang up.
To learn more, watch ABTA’s video
2: Making a real claim
If you did get food poisoning on holiday, you might be thinking about making a claim. Here are some things you need to keep in mind.
If you booked your holiday with a tour operator, get help from ABTA.
If you were an independent traveller, visit Citizens Advice.
If you decide to get help from a lawyer, give them as much information as you can. This will help your lawyer gives you good advice.
3: The law can help if you get sick on holiday
If you get sick on holiday, don’t forget these legal facts.
Your right to sick leave
You may be able to take sick leave from work instead of annual leave. This usually applies if you fall ill while on annual leave or just before it starts.
Find out more on the Government’s website.
EHIC card and access to healthcare in Europe
The EHIC card covers European holidays. It gives you access to free or reduced-cost healthcare in 32 European countries.
Apply for an EHIC card
November 30th, 2017
There are 3 million EU nationals living in the UK. About 1.2 million UK nationals live abroad in other EU countries.
In June 2016, more British people voted to leave the EU than to remain part of it. This has become known as Brexit.
The expected leaving date is 29 March 2019, but the process to leave has already begun. At present the UK is still part of the EU.
Three things you should know if you’re an EU citizen living in the UK
1. EU laws are in force in the UK for as long as it’s part of the EU.
2. New laws have not come into force yet. Until they do, you have the same right to live, work and get benefits in the UK.
3. Changes to the law are unlikely to happen straight away. You should be told about changes in advance.
After the UK leaves
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill aims to make EU law into UK law. So EU law will still apply after the UK leaves the EU. In the future, these laws may be changed or removed.
You can apply for settled status if you’ve legally lived in the UK for five years, under the current proposals. If you get settled status, you can still live, work and claim benefits after the UK leaves the EU.
Need legal advice?
This may be a worrying time for you. You can get help. For legal advice about your right to stay in the UK, you can see:
• an immigration adviser
• a solicitor
• a barrister
• a chartered legal executive or CILEx immigration practitioner
Find out more about other types of lawyers.
July 26th, 2016
As schools, colleges and universities break up for summer, there’s all sorts planned. Pokémon Go—gotta catch ’em all—might keep you busy. For some, a fun-packed holiday abroad is on the cards.
But many students will start a new job. Summer is an ideal time to gain new skills—and earn some cash!
There’s usually a summer job to suit everyone. You could be volunteering overseas or working in residential summer camps, outdoor centres, festivals or holiday parks.
Wherever you end up, it’s worth being aware of the law and how it can help you.
There are laws covering the type of work you can and can’t do, minimum wages, working hours and rest breaks, to name just a few.
To find out more about employment law for young people, visit the Citizens Advice website.
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February 11th, 2016
Thousands conned in online dating fraud
Online dating sites do bring lonely hearts together. But, for some, online dating has led to heartbreak—and a sudden drop in their bank balance.
One in four Britons now use online dating websites, reports consumer body Which?
But thousands of users each year are tricked into fake relationships and conned out of their hard-earned cash. According to Action Fraud, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £9,500.
How online dating scams work
Scammers groom their victims before asking for money or other favours. Their eye-catching profiles look real. They often pose as members of a profession. Conman Amir Tofangsazan stole thousands from victims, passing himself off as a doctor and a barrister.
To find out more about online dating scams, and for tips on protecting yourself, visit the Action Fraud website.
Legal advice and help
It can be hard to know for sure if someone is telling the truth about who they are and their profession. But there are some things you can check. See our FAQs to learn how to find out if someone is really a lawyer.
If you’ve been targeted by an online dating scam, report it to Action Fraud.
If you’re looking for legal advice, learn about types of lawyers or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
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