Foreign nationals who lived illegally in the ill fated Grenfell Tower have been given more time to apply for the government’s immigration amnesty.
An extra two months has been given for undocumented residents living in the tower to claim protection from deportation , the Home Office announced on Thursday (November 30).
There are still fears some foreign nationals staying in Grenfell have yet to come forward to access help and support because of fear of reprisals .
A policy on leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules for eligible residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk was introduced in July to ensure victims of the tragedy get the access they need to vital services, irrespective of immigration status.
In October, it was announced that those who qualify under this policy and are granted an initial 12 months’ leave outside the rules will be eligible to have their leave extended and qualify for permanent residence after five years’ leave, subject to meeting security, criminality and fraud checks.
The time period for people to come forward had been due to expire on November 30 , but the Home Office confirmed it will be extended until January 31 2018.
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The welfare of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is a top priority for this government.
“The policy we have introduced will enable those who are eligible to regularise their stay in the UK, ensure there is a firm legal basis for providing support, and enable these victims to assist with the Inquiry in the knowledge that their immigration status is secure.
“Pushing back the deadline will give survivors an additional opportunity to come forward if they have not done so already.”
Anyone who has not yet come forward can find out how to do so by calling the Home Office Grenfell Team on 0208 196 4531.
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