Half of the 7.5 million people living in the UK who were born abroad (13% of the population of England and Wales) arrived within the last ten years. They are an important group of local authority customers.
Up to date and practical knowledge of on eligibility is essential, but this complex area covers housing, immigration, social services and European law. It is a constant source of new case law in the UK and Europe, and of legislative and regulation changes in the UK. Often decisions are difficult, and this can cause unacceptable delays, and challenges can put further strain on time, resources and even community relations.
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:
- A comprehensive notes package that serves as a reference tool in this complex area
- A guide to the effects of the free movement rules on the rights of European migrants
- A detailed guide to the law on eligibility for social housing and homelessness services
- A selection of taught modules that can be customised to fit the needs of your authority, including
- British citizenship, how it is acquired and the rights of non citizen parents of citizen children
- Family migration rules, relationship breakdown and domestic violence
- Workers, students and other migrants from outside the EU: limited leave and settled status
- How the asylum system works
- European workers: what counts as work, what happens when work ends
- Family members of EU citizens and their rights
- Mixed families and eligibility
Course delegates will feel confident in dealing with new migrants to the UK because they have a good understanding of the basic framework of UK immigration control and European law. They will deepen their knowledge of the migrants in their areas and their rights and options and may develop ideas on how they can work better with them. They will understand recent case law developments in this area, where and how their decisions may be challenged and how to avoid this where possible.
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.
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