To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing people who are waiting for their asylum applications to be decided to work in the local economy.
7 June 2022
We allow asylum seekers to work if their claim has been outstanding for 12 months or more, through no fault of their own. Those permitted to work are restricted to jobs on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
A review of the policy has concluded and there will be no changes made at this time.