Housing officers need to understand the framework of immigration control and European freedom of movement rules, and to feel confident about key definitions and concepts. They need up to date information about case law and potential challenges. They need practical help to decide what procedures and proofs are appropriate, and to be able to offer a service that complies with the law and so also promotes good relations within their area.
Modules covered on this course:
- British citizenship, how it is acquired and the rights of non citizen parents of citizen children
- Recourse to public funds: what it means and when is it relevant?
- Family migration rules, relationship breakdown and domestic violence
- How people become undocumented migrants and how their status may change
- Workers, students and other migrants from outside the EU: limited leave and settled status
- The rights of refugees and others given leave after asylum applications
- European workers: what counts as work, what happens when work ends
- Family members of EU citizens and their rights
- Other EU citizens and their rights
- Accession state rules
- Mixed families and eligibility
- Allocations, eligibility and documentation
Course delegates will come away with an up to date and in depth understanding of homelessness eligibility in complex, multi-cultural communities and will feel confident in their abilities to make correct and accurate assessments at both decision level and review challenges
Who should attend?
People working in allocations, homelessness, housing advice and homelessness prevention. Other officers who come into contact with migrants e.g. in environmental health and tenancy relations who have participated in the the main course on eligibility within the past 2 years