After our initial research revealed a worrying lack of free immigration advice, we decided to document what and where the available services were.
We wanted our work to go beyond highlighting the lack of free advice, and to use our research to help people to find out where they could go for advice if they needed it.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
We have recently completed two major contracts to map immigration advice and support services across the UK.
The first contract was with the European Commission, this time mapping available services across the UK. The portal aims to help citizens to identify providers of free advice and use them to help understand their rights and secure their immigration status.
The second, for the Greater London Authority (along with the3million) maps support services for EU Londoners. The EU Londoners Hub is now live, and Here for Good will continue to update the Hub over the coming months.
If you need help but you don't know what's available to you, find out here:
EUSS Covid-19 Guidance
In March 2021, Here for Good launched a legal challenge against the Government over its EUSS Covid-19 Guidance.
Strict Home Office guidance stated that EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) must have been ‘self-isolating’ for COVID-19 to count as an ‘important’ reason for an extended absence from the UK of between 6-12 months. If an EU citizen’s extended absence is not for an ‘important’ reason, they may receive a more precarious immigration status or be disqualified from applying to the EUSS entirely.
Our legal team included Here for Good's lawyers, the team at Bindmans LLP, Counsel Charlotte Kilroy QC, Hollie Higgins (both Blackstone Chambers) and Oliver Persey (Garden Court Chambers). Following our legal action, the guidance was withdrawn by the Home Office on 6 May 2021. The Home Office informed Here for Good and the Court that new guidance will be published by 31 May, but on May 28, we were informed the guidance was delayed, and would now be published by 11 June, just 19 days before the EUSS deadline. Our legal team remains in correspondence with the Home Office to ensure the new guidance is published as soon as possible.
You can find the latest updates on the case below: