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Immigration help for members of the public

We provide advice and representation on immigration, asylum and trafficking law to members of the public.

Advice line 

Our immigration team provides free, specialist and confidential advice on immigration, trafficking and asylum issues. 

  • 028 9024 4401
  • Tuesday and Thursday
  • 09:30-13:00pm and 14:00-16:30pm

We are sorry that we do not offer a drop-in advice service. Advice is provided via our telephone advice lines and we arrange face to face meetings with clients where required.

Legal representation 

We provide advice and assistance to people making applications for UK visas. We also represent clients in appeals to the Immigration and Asylum tribunal and in pursuing cases to the High Court and Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.  

We assist on a wide range of immigration issues, from family reunion applications to cases based on the protection of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

We have particular expertise in applications to regularise the immigration status of young people in the care system and care leavers and victims of modern slavery. 

We also assist people to assert their right to work and to access social security and healthcare in Northern Ireland. In doing so, we work closely with Law Centre NI’s social security and employment teams to provide a holistic service to our clients.  

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union and the impact on EU citizens’ rights in Northern Ireland, we work to assist EU nationals and their family members to secure their rights and entitlements in Northern Ireland.  

We prioritise our service based on need and cases that raise complex or technical legal issues or points of wider public importance. 

Read more about our immigration and asylum work in ‘Bao’s’ story below.

'Bao's' story

Bao’s father was trafficked to the UK and suffered exploitation before escaping from his captors and providing evidence against them, which led to their conviction.

When news of Bao’s father’s role in the prosecution got back to the criminal gangs in his home country, they targeted Bao’s family and subjected Bao to harassment and violence.

Bao decided to claim asylum in the UK. He thought that his father’s co-operation with the Home Office would support his application. However, Bao’s application was refused and he had no right of appeal in the UK.

When Bao came to us for help, we started legal proceedings to challenge Bao’s lack of appeal. The Home Office eventually conceded, creating an opportunity for Bao to appeal to a First-Tier Tribunal appeal. We continue to support Bao through the asylum application process.