Do I qualify for legal aid?
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. This includes deportation and deprivation of citizenship cases where information is to be kept confidential for reasons of national security;
- 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.