What is the Legal Project?
We are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide immigration advice and representation. Our OISC registration number is N200400017. OISC regulates immigration advisers, ensuring they are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients.
We have 1 caseworker accredited at OISC Level 3 (who can do appeal work), 1 caseworker and 2 volunteers accredited at Level 2 (who can do complex immigration applications) and 1 caseworker accredited at Level 1. We also have law student volunteers who do not give immigration advice.
We are not solicitors, but we are accredited to give advice and represent clients is their immigration/asylum matters.
Our project aims to do work that is not covered by legal aid for asylum seekers, refugees and failed asylum seekers.
At present we do not charge for our services.
What is our criteria?
We accept referrals from clients who have are either asylum seekers, refugees or failed asylum seekers.
What work do we do?
- Travel documents
- Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)/ settlement applications for refugees who have completed 5 years in the UK (legal aid is also available for this)
- British citizenship applications
- Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR)
- Applications for Further leave to remain in the UK for those granted limited leave to remain or Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) due to family/private life (Article 8 ECHR)
- Initial applications for leave to remain (where client does not currently have leave) based on family/private life (Article 8 ECHR)
- Asylum cases where clients are appeal rights exhausted and wish to discuss merits of preparing a fresh claim (also called further submissions)
- Refugee family reunion
- Appeals in the above cases (where applicable)
What work don’t we do?
We don’t take referrals from those who have never claimed asylum unless they want advice on whether they should claim asylum.
- Cases where clients already have a solicitor unless they have a serious complaint about their solicitor
- Initial asylum claims (we can refer these clients to a legal aid solicitor)
- EEA (European) applications (no legal aid)
- Applications for entry clearance/ leave to remain for post-flight spouses (no legal aid)
- Clients on a post-flight spouse/partner visa and have experienced domestic violence (Legal aid available)
How to get advice
In order to get an appointment with the Legal Project you need to be referred from NNRF’s General Advice team. General Advice is open for registration from 8.30am Monday to Thursday and advisors start seeing clients at 9.30 am. You usually need to get to the Forum by 9 am to ensure you see someone that day.