Legal Aid Support
f you’re a non-EEA national and want to live and work in the UK for an extended period of time, you will need to make a UK Visa application. There are different types of visas available depending on your circumstance. A Family Visa is needed to join family members in the UK for a period longer than 6 months. If you’re living outside of the UK, you can apply to a Family Visa to join your spouse, fiancee, partner, child, parent or relative who will provide long-term care for you.
Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.
Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Fast Track Package
Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.
The Advice Package
With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.
The Application Package
With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.
The Fast Track Package
Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.
The Appeal Package
By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.
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.
Unfortunately, most mainstream non-asylum immigration cases are no longer eligible for Legal Aid.
This includes Entry Clearance Visas eg, for a spouse/partner or family member.
It also includes applications made under Article 8 of the ECHR (right to a family or private life).
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If you are unsure whether you qualify for publicly funded immigration assistance then contact the team at IAS to speak to one of our Legal Aid specialists, many of whom are immigration solicitors.
Even if you are not eligible for Legal Aid, our specialist immigration lawyers can advise, assist and represent you at very competitive rates. One of our experienced lawyers can spend time assessing your case to see if you are eligible for Legal Aid or an alternative. They will:
- communicate with the Home Office and other appropriate authorities;
- arrange bail if necessary;
- organise family visitations where appropriate;
- assess your best options according to the details of your individual case;
- represent you at a Tribunal or hearing, should this be necessary.