Litigation debt: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on how to deal with litigation debts owed to the Home Office from applicants.


Suitability: unpaid litigation costs

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UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff deal with situations where an applicant for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain owes a litigation debt to the Home Office.

Published 20 October 2016
Last updated 159 NovemberFebruary 20232024 + show all updates
  1. Updated to clarify that where a person has entry clearance or extant permission, there is no power to refuse entry solely because a person has an outstanding litigation debt.

  2. Electronic travel authorisations added to the list of applications to which this guidance does not apply.

  3. ‘Appendix Domestic Worker who is a Victim of Modern Slavery’ added to the list of applications to which this guidance does not apply in the ‘What is a litigation debt?’ section.

  4. Minor amendment to the introduction to clarify that this guidance applies to family reunion applications.

  5. Updated guidance in line with FBIS changes from 1 December 2020.

  6. Guidance updated.

  7. First published.