UPDATE: THIS RUMOUR DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE TRUE
There is a reasonably credible rumour doing the rounds amongst lawyers as well as Zimbabweans themselves that Zimbabwean asylum seekers can apply for permission to work – presumably with a reasonable expectation of the application being granted.
The application is to be made to the CEBU (Central Event Booking Unit, apparently) team at the UK Border Agency, on fax number 0151 237 6391. Details required are: name, address, Home Office reference number (e.g. A123456), person’s signature and the following sentence “I would like to know if I can have permission to work”.
ILPA are currently seeking to establish that the rumour is well founded and I’ll post more news if I hear any.