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
January 5th, 2018
One in ten divorcees feel the right help could have saved their marriage
Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.
More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.
But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn’t the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.
One in ten divorcees said the right help could have saved their relationship, according to research by Relate. If you feel there are problems in your relationship, or if you’ve already decided to get divorced, it’s useful to know what help and support is out there.
Get the facts and learn about sources of advice: