Amnesty for Grenfell Tower survivors

30 November 2017 marks the deadline to register for the one-year immigration amnesty for displaced undocumented residents of the tragic fire that engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London. This incident occurred on 14 June 2017. The police had estimated the death toll to be 80, although by 20 September 2017,  only 69 individuals had been identified. The inquest to  ascertain further numbers has continued. Hundreds of people survived and were left homeless.

The survivors with immigration issues are offered protection by way of an amnesty allowing leave to remain for one year. But they must act before 30 November 2017. A specified form or fees are not required. 

The amnesty covers illegal entrants, those who had leave to remain which has now expired, those with leave to remain expiring within 12 months and those with leave to remain but prohibition on access to public funds. It also covers failed asylum seeker but not those with outstanding asylum claims or further submissions. In addition, EEA nationals who are residing here without exercising their treaty rights are covered. 

The above must have been resident at Grenfell Tower whether physically present at the time of the fire or not. It can also be those who were living close to Grenfell Tower and have been significantly affected by the fire because they have been displaced from their place of residence, which was destroyed or made uninhabitable by the fire. 

There are some documentary requirements. Although the list is non exhaustive, the evidence may be hard to collate in practice. The full home office policy is contained here.  A separate policy covers relatives of the survivors who can also be granted leave to remain for 6 months in some cases.

Survivors who are granted stay for 12 months will have access to public funds and permission to work. They can then apply for extensions of same on a 5 year route to settlement.