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DT 1484 Overseas domestic workers – dealing with the original and tied visa

In this course, participants will develop an understanding of the history of the route, the conditions and rules of the domestic worker visa and options available to visa holders who entered the UK pre and post the April 2012 changes and what these means in practise for visa holders in the UK. Participants will also learn about issues which commonly affect Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK, develop some understanding about why Migrant Domestic Workers are such a vulnerable group of migrant workers and options available to these workers when abuse has occurred.

Event details

Date(s):22 October 2013
Start Time:15.00
End Time:17.45
Audience:Immigration practitioners who advise migrant domestic workers or their employers in the UK. No prior knowledge or experience required.
Main area:Immigration

  • Background/ origin of the visa

  • Current law and practise; options for workers on the original visa;

  • Conditions of visa (changing employer, not sector), renewing the visa, employment rights, ILR, family reunification

  • Current law and practise; the situation for workers on the tied visa;

  • Conditions of the visa (no change of employer, no renewal).

  • Migrant Domestic Workers who enter with diplomats

  • Vulnerabilities of Migrant Domestic Workers to abuse.

  • Enforcing rights, advising Migrant Domestic Workers who have been abused including those on the tied visa.

  • Migrant Domestic Workers and trafficking; NRM and legal implications. Accessing protections, compensation and reporting abuse where this occurs.
Tutor details:Chris Randall, Bates Wells and Braithwaite LLP and Kate Roberts, Kalayaan.
Tutor biographies:Chris Randall
Christopher is a specialist immigration lawyer covering all aspects of the field, including commercial immigration law but with a particular interest and expertise in personal, human rights based, and asylum applications including asylum. Christopher has worked in the field for over 25 years. He has been at Bates Wells Braithwaites for nearly 10 years and was a partner in the ground-breaking immigration firm Winstanley-Burgess before that. He has taken cases to all levels of the UK courts, and to both the European Court in Luxembourg and the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg. He has acted as an expert in a number of Immigration and Criminal cases.

Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts has worked at Kalayaan since 2005. Kate’s work at Kalayaan involves direct client assistance including advice work, supporting individual workers and policy, media and campaign work. Kalayaan is a small, London based charity which has offered support and advice to migrant domestic workers in the UK since 1988. Kalayaan also campaigns with migrant domestic workers in the UK for their improved rights and protections.
Prior to working at Kalayaan Kate was employed as a Community Development Worker in a Sure Start Local Programme in Haringey (North London). Kate has also worked in International Development for an education NGO where she was involved in projects in Sudan, Kenya and Peru and has volunteered with refugees in the UK.
Kate has a BA in Social Anthropology with Development Studies from Sussex University and an LLM (Distinction) in Human Rights at Birkbeck.

PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £50
Member Training Prices: £100
Non Member Training Prices: £200

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