Immigration Bill [HL]

to be moved
on report

After Clause 36




Insert the following new Clause—

“Asylum seekers: permission to work after six months

(1)     The Immigration Act 1971 is amended as follows.

(2)     After section 3(9) (general provisions for regulation and control) insert—

“(10)    In making rules under subsection (2), the Secretary of State must
provide for persons seeking asylum, within the meaning of the
rules, to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to take up
employment, including self-employment and voluntary work.

(11)     Permission to work for persons seeking asylum must be granted

(a)   a decision has not been taken on the applicant’s asylum
application within six months of the date on which it was
recorded, or

(b)   an individual makes further submissions which raise
asylum grounds and a decision on that new claim or to
refuse to treat such further submissions as a new claim has
not been taken within six months of the date on which the
submissions were recorded.

(12)     Permission for a person seeking asylum to take up employment
shall be on terms no less favourable than those upon which
permission is granted to a person recognised as a refugee to take up


Prepared 16th February 2016