We may advise and assist with complex applications to UKBA, namely those involving asylum, the application of discretion, cases involving human rights, European law and international law.
We do not advise and assist on cases that directly relate to business applications under the points based system and nationality legislation.
A condition of the funding received by the Law Centre from the Legal Services Commission, in relation to immigration, is that the work must be carried out for individuals entitled to Legal Aid. Individuals not eligible for Legal Aid may be referred to a solicitor.
We may decide to take on such cases, however, where the legal issue is of particular strategic importance or because there is another compelling reason.
In 2014-2015 we will give priority to:
- asylum appeals;
- points of European law and potential challenges to new immigration legislation, rules and policies;
- trafficking cases;
- representation for vulnerable persons, children, detained clients or others who are threatened with imminent removal from the UK; and
- family reunion work.
You may not need to come to us for help on bringing your partner or family member to Northern Ireland. Read our information on immigration/marriage/civil partnership/relationships in the Law Centre's Encyclopedia or Rights first.
Our immigration unit participates in the work of the Refugee Action Group (RAG), an interagency education and lobbying group. RAG has an out-of-hours telephone helpline: 0800 840 0495.