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Immigration Legal Advice

City of Sanctuary cannot provide any legal advice, or recommendations for legal help for immigration.

If you need information, advice or guidance with an immigration matter for yourself or someone else, we recommend you contact Asylum Help, part of the Migrant Help organisation

You can also search for a Legal Aid immigration adviser via the government website 

Consonant (formally Asylum Aid)  can provide free, confidential legal advice and representation for asylum seekers and you can talk to them over the phone. They do not provide interpreters, so it helps to have an interpreter if whoever is seeking help does not speak good English. From 01/04/19, Asylum Aid merged with Migrants Resource Centre to become Consonant.

The animated video “Going to Appeal provides helpful advice and support to anyone who has an appeal hearing.  It is available in different languages.

The Right to Remain toolkit is an online guide to the UK immigration and asylum system. Zine – preparing for your asylum interview is available here

Bail for Immigration Detainees – legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to help them secure their release. Resources for people in detention, including fact sheets in different languages.  See graphic for advice line.

The Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) can provide advice on asylum support applications and free representation at the Asylum Support Tribunal.

The British Red Cross provides refugee support services in specific areas of the UK but cannot provide legal advice or representation.

The Refugee Council has a directory of services across the UK.

The Migrants Law Project has factsheets available on different topics, including the basic principles of asylum law.

Rights of Women provide an immigration advice helpline for vulnerable EU women.

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group ( UKLGIG)  ‘How to Apply for Asylum’ guide for LGBTQI+ people is available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, English, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Urdu and Pashto.

Other Resources

The Refugee Phrasebook has a Juridical Phrasebook including useful words and phrases in a variety of different languages (this is under development and they need help to build some languages).