Permission to work: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on permission to work for asylum applicants.


Permission to work and volunteering for asylum seekers

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UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff handle requests for permission to work from asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers, and those who have submitted protection based further submissions.

It applies to applications which fall to be considered under Part 11B, paragraphs 360 to 360E of the Immigration Rules and it explains the policy, process and procedure which must be followed when considering such applications. It also covers volunteering.

Published 8 September 2010
Last updated 4 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. This guidance has been updated to tell caseworkers how to handle applications for permission to work pre and post the Immigration Rules changes on 4 April 2024.

  2. Added a paragraph to 'Revoking permission to work' telling caseworkers to use template letter 'Asylum – Revocation of Permission to Work'.

  3. Updated contact details.

  4. Added accessible HTML version.

  5. Updated guidance.

  6. Changed 'Permission to Work application process' to 'Asylum Children and Secondary Casework'.

  7. Policy clarifications.

  8. Updated the permissions to work and volunteering for asylum seekers guidance with the latest version.

  9. Guidance updated: removed out of date policy intention; updated process for amending Application Registration Card (ARC), in line with ARC guidance; updated travel costs information.

  10. Updated guidance.

  11. First published.