Legal Aid Support
If 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.
Last modified on July 16th, 2023 at 7:44 pm
Need help with an immigration issue? Book a one-to-one advice session with one of our legal caseworkers.
We can complete your visa application on your behalf, taking the stress and hassle out of the process.
Fast Track Package
Need to submit an application quickly? We can help you complete and send it off in as little as 24 hours.
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal with our legal support and guidance.
The Advice Package
With our Advice Package, you can book a one-to-one session with one of our legal team and receive bespoke advice tailored for your situation. We will review your case and give you expert advice on how best to proceed with your immigration matter. Reach out to a member of our team and book your session today.
The Application Package
Our Application Package is designed to help relieve the stress of immigration applications. One of our legal caseworkers will help you throughout the entire process, including establishing your eligibility for your chosen route, completing your application form to the highest standards and organising your documents. We will then submit it and monitor its status on your behalf.
The Fast Track Package
Our premium Fast Track Package is ideal if you need to submit an application quickly, such as if you need to meet a tight deadline. Our lawyers will work closely with you to see that your application is completed to the highest standards and ensure you get your application in on time, helping to take the stress and pressure off you.
The Appeal Package
Visa appeals can be a stressful process, especially if you’re relying on a specific visa to be approved. Our legal team can help you navigate the whole process and maximise your chances of a successful appeal, working alongside you to reach a favourable result. We can also represent you in immigration-related hearings and 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).
Try our Visa Wizard for free immigration advice
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.
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.