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IMMIGRATION & ASYLUM

If you wish to challenge a Home Office decision, you must act promptly if a written decision has been made, as a strict time limit applies.

 

ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION

We are able to assist with all asylum and immigration applications to the Home Office.  If a decision has been refused, we can advise and assist on remedies and appeals including administrative review, appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and judicial review.  Where an appeal or an administrative review has been unsuccessful then we can assist on onward appeals and judicial reviews.

 

If you wish to challenge a Home Office decision, you must act promptly if a written decision has been made, as a strict time limit applies.

 

Funding

Because of significant changes in legal aid provision, implemented in April 2013 (Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012), funding has become complex and is often problematic for anyone seeking immigration advice.  We have tailored our services to provide some level of help in all circumstances but this may mean, in some cases, charging for services provided.

 

Subject to a means test, Legal Aid is available for the following:

 

O         Asylum claims

O         Victims of Domestic Violence

O         Victims of Trafficking

O         Many judicial review applications 

 

For immigration applications not involving protection needs (meaning a risk of serious harm in the home country), legal aid is generally not available.  This includes family reunion applications for those granted asylum.  We provide a free advice surgery for basic advice; a chargeable one-off advice session for more involved cases; and a fee-paying service for full applications and appeals.  We may charge reduced rates for those who would be eligible for legal help because of limited financial means but where the legal problem is now “out of scope”.

 

We can also in some circumstances assist with Exceptional Case Funding applications where there are compelling individual circumstances in cases which normally fall outside legal aid provisions.

 

 

Example of work we have undertaken

 

O         Asylum applications and appeals

 

O         Applications and appeals on behalf of unaccompanied children

 

O         Human rights applications on private and family grounds (Article 8)

 

O         Deportation appeals

 

O         Regularising the immigration status of victims of Domestic Violence

 

O         Article 8 applications outside the immigration rules

 

O         Spouse, fiancé and unmarried partner visas

 

O         Settlement applications on the basis of long residency 

 

O         Applications for administrative review of refused immigration applications

 

O         Judicial Reviews of decisions where there is no appeal or administrative      review remedy

 

 

What do I do if I want help from SWLLC?

If you call our switchboard we will take your details and a summary of your case, and we will respond within three days.  We will advise on funding and, where necessary, our charges.  Whether we can assist will depend on whether there is capacity within our immigration team.

 

SWLLC is committed to providing high quality legal services to people of limited means.