Rights of migrants and refugees
Your Rights in Northern Ireland: a guide for migrants workers - fourth edition
A guide on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers in Northern Ireland. It covers the law on social security, health and social care, employment rights, immigration law, human rights and equality.
Download it here: Your Rights in Northern Ireland, a guide for migrant workers
A guide on the rights and responsibilities of Syrian people who are in Northern Ireland as part of the Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) scheme. It covers the law on social security, health and social care, employment rights, immigration law, human rights and equality.
The guide is in English and Arabic.
Download it here: Syrian VPR Guide
Healthcare for migrants
All asylum seekers have a right to register with a doctor and a dentist in Northern Ireland. Download posters to let people know in your community:
Immigration health surchage
FromApril 2015, most non EEA citizens have to pay a fee called the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their visa application if they intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months. More information here.
There are exceptions, explained in the briefing below.
New regulations on access to healthcare for migrants in Northern Ireland - March 2015
From 3 March 2015, new regulations on access to health care for migrants (Provision of Health Services to Persons not Ordinarily Resident Regulations 2015) are in place in Northern Ireland. This briefing summarises the new legislation.
The regulations themselves are detailed and assessing a person’s entitlement to healthcare can be fairly complicated. If in doubt about a person's entitlement, it is recommended to seek advice.
Download the briefing here: New regulations on access to healthcare for migrants in Northern Ireland
Migrants and Benefits: an adviser's guide
Law Centre (NI) has published an advisers' guide on Migrants and Benefits, on behalf of Belfast Integration and Participation Project.
How does immigration status affect a person’s entitlement to benefit? What is habitual residence?
What does right to reside mean for benefit entitlement? Migrants and Benefits deals with these and other common issues that arise where migrants need advice on benefit entitlement. The guide is written for advisers and contains tips for dealing with difficult situations and practical guidance.
You can download the guide here: Migrants and Benefits 2014
This guide should now be read in conjunction with: Timeline of changes to habitual residence and right to reside requirements
Refugee transition guide
Produced on behalf of Belfast City Council, Refugee Transition is a guide for people who have just received refugee status.
The guide will help users navigate through the complex process of finding a home, a job, benefits if needed, and generally integrating into society. It is to be used by refugees themselves but also by their advisers and by staff in statutory agencies.
You can download the guide here: Refugee transition guide
Timeline of changes to habitual residence and right to reside requirements - updated January 2015
2014 saw a substantial number of changes to the residence requirements for entitlement to certain benefits.
The Law Centre has published a briefing setting out these changes.
You can download the briefing here:Timeline of changes to habitual residence and right to reside requirements