Asylum: Employment:Written question - 160371

Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 July 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Employment
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of permitting people seeking asylum, and their adult dependants, to work in any occupation after 6 months of waiting for a decision on their claim.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in the UK unless their claim has been outstanding for at least 12 months through no fault of their own. The policy is designed to protect the resident labour market so that access to employment is prioritised for British citizens and lawful residents, including those granted refugee status. We have no plans to review this policy.

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