Useful links - Immigration issues
British Red Cross - provides practical and emotional support for refugees and asylum seekers
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, advice, publications, lobbying, courses, etc.
Life in the UK Test - official Home Office site helping you to prepare for the Life in the UK Test that is required for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK or British citizenship
Community Legal Service, for details of Legal Aid solicitors, Citizens Advice Bureaux, law centres and independent advice centres. They can provide details of specialists in immigration law and/or family law. Tel: 0845 345 4345.
Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), Established to promote and improve the advising and representation of immigrants. Tel: 0207 251 8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Centres Federation, a free and independent legal service to people who live or work in their catchment areas. They specialise in those areas of law including welfare rights, immigration and nationality, employment rights and sex and race discrimination. Websites provides details of local law centres. Tel: 0207 387 8570 or email: email@example.com.
Law Society, for details of solicitors legal aid cannot be accessed. They can put you in touch with solicitors in your local area. You can also search their website for specialists in immigration law and/or family law. Tel: 0870 606 6575.
Immigration and Nationality Directorate, IND is the government department responsible for immigration. Tel: 0870 606 7766 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain NASS support, you will need to go to the Refugee Council One Stop Service in your area (check your phone book for your local number, call 020 7346 6700 or visit their website www.refugeecouncil.org.uk).
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), Responsible for ensuring that all immigration advisers fulfil the requirements of good practice. There is a list of registered immigration advisers on the website. Tel: 0845 000 0046 (helpline).
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Independent voluntary organisation for justice and combating racism in immigration and asylum law and policy. They provide free advice and casework, training courses and a range of publications.
Tel: 020 7251 8706 (Helpline – Tues and Thurs, 2pm-5pm) or 020 7251 8708.
National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, Voluntary organisation providing practical help and advice to people facing deportation. They provide a network for campaigns throughout the country allowing them to support each other.
Tel: 0121 554 6947 or email: email@example.com.
Southall Black Sisters, SBS provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help,
Tel: 020 8571 9595 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS
Refugee Access, multilingual site for asylum seekers, refugees and agencies working with them in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.