ILPA remains concerned over Home Office’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

ILPA remains concerned over Home Office’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) has made further submissions to the Home Affairs Select Committee's inquiry into the Home Office's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, ILPA raised concern over the fact that certain categories of health workers such as hospital porters, health care assistants and cleaners are excluded from the Home Office's NHS concession (which includes individuals employed by an independent health and care provider) allowing for an automatic extension of leave, free of charge. ILPA submitted that the concession should be extended to include these additional categories and non-EEA family members of individuals, in an eligible profession, who may not require an extension (eg those with indefinite leave to remain). It also submitted that family members, in an eligible profession, with refugee leave or humanitarian protection should be entitled to rely on this concession even if their leave does not expire during the relevant period.

Source: ILPA’s supplementary response to the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Home Office preparedness for Covid-19

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