The most important thing we can tell you is this: if you or the refugee family you are supporting is in need of immigration advice, you should consult a registered Immigration Adviser or Lawyer. You can identify an Immigration Adviser here: gov.uk/find-an-immigration-adviser
Giving Immigration Advice without the necessary qualification is a criminal offence. If you are in doubt of the lines where support and immigration advice cross, consult an immigration advisor. Immigration advice can differ in quality and price across the UK and we advise Community Sponsorship Groups to signpost such services to the family they support. You are not obliged to offer immigration services as part of Community Sponsorship, but to sign post those who can support.
These resources are designed to give you some idea of what to expect and a basic overview of issues related to immigration. They cannot be a substitute for regulated immigration advice based around the individual situation of the refugees you are supporting. Our Immigration Advice resource has been produced for use by Community Sponsorship Groups by RAMP and Fragomen LLP.
Our Refugees Wishing to Return to their Host Country or Country of Origin resource was written in collaboration with UNHCR UK.
Family Reunion is a very common question that those who have been resettled ask about. Family reunion is an entirely separate programme to resettlement, but understandably, the splitting of families will cause concern, distress and a halt on integration on the family who has arrived in the UK. Read our resource on approaching family reunification.
The Home Office has provided advice for refugees and the process for them to follow when they have been in the UK for 5 years and when they will be required to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. This is available as a download on this page alongside a Q&A for applicants.