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Immigration Advice

The Immigration Advice Service conducts both private and publicly funded work. We are an approved legal aid service provider and have been awarded the Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) for our work as a Legal Aid immigration solicitors.

We can offer Free Assessment of your immigration case

  • Advise on the procedure for making a spouse or civil partner entry clearance application/leave to remain application
  • Assess the merits of your application and advise as to how to improve your application to maximise the prospects of success
  • Advise on an extension of leave in the UK as a spouse or an application for indefinite leave to remain after the ‘probationary period’
  • Advise as to the procedure involved for including children as dependants
  • Represent you in any applications for Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain, Indefinite Leave to Remain as a spouse or civil partner
  • Advise as to the merits of an appeal should your entry clearance/leave to remain application be refused

Whilst under the new rules (April 2013) there has been a reduction in the types of immigration and asylum cases eligible for Legal Aid. As a general rule, the following matters will qualify for some advice, assistance and/or representation:

  • Detention & bail cases
  • Applications for leave to remain under the domestic violence rule
  • Applications for leave by those identified as victims of trafficking

Proceedings before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, ie; deportation and deprivation of citizenship cases where information is to be kept confidential for reasons of national security

Notes about Many asylum cases & appeals

Applications for leave to remain or settlement as a refugee with humanitarian protection/discretionary leave under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, ie; freedom from torture or inhuman and degrading treatment

Some judicial review applications, in limited circumstances.

In addition to falling into an eligible category, you will also have to satisfy the means and merits tests to qualify for Legal Aid for immigration. The merits test looks at whether, on the balance of probabilities, your application will succeed. The means test examines whether you satisfy the financial criteria.

Unfortunately, most mainstream non-asylum immigration cases are no longer eligible for Legal Aid, including entry clearance visas eg, for a spouse/partner or family member, or applications made under Article 8 of the ECHR (right to a family or private life), except where you qualify for exceptional case funding.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for publicly funded immigration assistance then contact us to find out more or speak to one of our specialists.


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