Advice Line: 028 9024 4401

About our service

Our immigration and asylum hub advises on the law relating to the EU Settlement Scheme, support to victims of modern slavery, applications for asylum and the rights of refugees in NI and the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme...

Our immigration and asylum hub advises on:

  • The law relating to the EU Settlement Scheme, as part of the 'Stronger Together Network'.
  • Support to victims of modern slavery.
  • Applications for asylum and the rights of refugees in NI.
  • The Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme.

We prioritise our service based on urgency of need (impact on individuals and families), access to justice, and on matters that raise complex or technical legal issues or points of wider public importance.

Casework

Our casework encompasses both initial applications to UKVI and appeals from the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) right through to judicial reviews in the High Court, where there is merit.

We assist on a wide range of immigration issues, from family reunion applications to cases based on Article 8 (ECHR) private and family life.

We also have particular expertise in regularising the immigration status of young people in the care system and care leavers.

Our casework also encompasses representing victims of modern slavery to secure their rights including regularising immigration status where relevant.

In light of Brexit and the ongoing uncertainty around citizens rights, we have a keen interest in assisting European citizens and their family members to secure their rights. We can help with cases involving complex principles involving free movement of persons.

Our casework also involves assisting individuals to assert their right to work, access social security or healthcare etc, where immigration status has proven to be a barrier to this. We work closely with our colleagues in these cases.

Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme

In 2015, the Northern Ireland Executive offered to take a proportion of the Syrian refugees coming to the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Programme. This is a process by which the UK takes people who have fled the war in Syria directly from countries of refuge who are most in need, such as those requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of torture, and women and children at risk. The scheme works with the UNHCR to identify the most vulnerable families and process the relevant documentation in the country of refuge so that they have refugee status when they arrive in the UK.

Law Centre NI is responsible for providing legal advice to Syrian refugees who have been given entry to NI under this scheme. This service involves tailored advice to individuals on areas such as travel rights, family reunion and travel document applications as well informing individuals on their legal rights and entitlements in NI.

Please get in touch if you or a family/person you are working with has been given entry under this scheme and requires advice.

Advice line

Immigration and Asylum Advice line (028) 9024 4401: Wednesday to Friday, 09.30 - 13.00

(Law Centre NI does not offer a drop-in service. Advice is provided through a telephony advice line with client appointments booked by caseworkers where a face to face meeting is required)

Contacts for other organisations who can provide information and support

Extern NI: 028 9033 0433

The team work intensively with refugees during the 28 day notice period given to move out of NASS accommodation and provide medium to long term specialist and practical support and advice to resettle in the community.

Bryson Intercultural: 028 9031 5744

Bryson Intercultural support newly-arrived Minority Ethnic Individuals and promotes racial and ethnic integration into Northern Ireland.

British Red Cross NI: 028 9031 5544

The British Red Cross supports vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. It offers care and support when people arrive in the UK after a political or humanitarian crisis. It will also support refugees through the “family reunion” process.

Irish Refugee Council (ROI): + 353 (01) 764 5061

The Irish Refugee Council assists people seeking asylum in Ireland and bring about change to improve their lives.

NI Council for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS): 028 9024 6699

NICRAS represents the interests of the refugee community. It supports the integration process of refugees and asylum seekers throughout Northern Ireland.

Migrant Centre NI (MCNI):

MCNI was established to protect the rights of migrant workers in NI, tackle racism, eliminate barriers against migrant workers, advance education and raise public awareness about their rights. MCNI has 3 offices across NI, in Belfast, Lurgan and Derry~Londonderry.

NI Council for Racial Equality (NICRE): +44 (0)7710 767235

NICRE is an umbrella body representing the voice of ethnic minorities on racial equality, racism and racist violence in Northern Ireland.

Homeplus NI: 028 9031 1836

Homeplus runs a drop-In Centre for destitute migrant’s asylum seekers and refugees.

Flourish NI: 028 9009 8828

Flourish NI is a charity which provides support to survivors of human trafficking in Northern Ireland. Flourish helps survivors to regain self-belief and learn new skills, so that they lead safe, independent, fulfilled lives.

Chinese Welfare Association NI: 028 9028 8277

The Chinese Welfare Association NI works to support community development and infrastructure within the Chinese community.

African and Caribbean Support NI (ASCONI): 028 9043 4090

ACSONI works extensively to alleviate the everyday pressures experienced by those in the African and Caribbean communities who are socially and economically disadvantaged. It provides dedicated drop-in support services and other programmes.

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