Asylum Aid is now part of Migrants Resource Centre.
We offer free, confidential and independent legal advice and representation on asylum and statelessness.
Our team provides legal representation and advice to asylum seekers. The team aims to provide the highest quality advice and representation. We enjoy a very high success rate working with our clients, and pride ourselves on high levels of client care.
All the members of the team who work directly with clients are regulated by the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, and have extensive experience in asylum and immigration law. We particularly welcome referrals for cases that have reached the appeal stage.
Advice line: (020) 7354 9264
Our advice line offers free one-off legal advice to asylum seekers, refugees, and individuals or organisations who work to support them. The advice line current operating hours are shown on the home page of this website.
The information that callers give us and the advice that we give is confidential.
To ensure that our advice is accurate we usually ask callers questions about their immigration status in the UK. If you call, please be prepared to answer detailed questions, although we will not tell anyone the information you give us.
If you do not speak English, it would be best if you have someone with you who can interpret. Asylum Aid cannot provide telephone interpretation for Advice Line calls.
If you would like to refer a stateless person to us for legal advice, please complete our referral form (to the extent possible) and send it to our Legal Services Manager, Ian Kane (email address on the form).
Who we represent
- Asylum seekers
- Children seeking asylum
- Victims of trafficking
- Stateless people
- Those who have suffered domestic violence and relationship breakdown in the UK and fear return to their country of origin or residence
- Refused asylum seekers who want to regularise their immigration status
Our areas of expertise
- Providing representation in asylum appeals
- Representing victims of trafficking
- Representing children, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children
- Representing gay men and women
- Representing destitute asylum seekers with further submissions
- Representing victims of domestic violence
Other than under exceptional circumstances, we can only provide representation to clients who live within the London area. Due to restrictions in funding for Legal Aid, Asylum Aid is not able to provide representation to people in immigration detention. If you are in immigration detention, you need to seek advice from a provider with an exclusive detention contract. For more information, see our page on finding other legal representation.
Asylum Aid provides our clients with legal representation in their asylum and immigration claims. We will represent our clients in their applications to the UK Border Agency, and in all stages of their appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Chamber and beyond. We also provide our clients with legal representation in Judicial Reviews.
We realise that our client’s legal problems can be complex, and we are able to offer them a wide range of services.
Our services include
- Asylum claims and appeals, including further representations after their initial claim or appeal has been unsuccessful
- Applications and appeals on behalf of asylum seeking children who are seeking to extend their permission to remain in the UK
- Applications and appeals on behalf of clients who are in fear or unable to return to their country of origin and are seeking to regularise their immigration status in the UK
- Applications for family reunion when a person has been recognised as a refugee or granted humanitarian protection
- Applications for bail or challenges to the lawfulness of detention to secure release or damages for people held in prison
- Applications for emergency injunctions to prevent existing clients being forcibly removed
- Applications for existing clients who require help to obtain travel documentation or naturalise as British citizens
Unlike many other legal aid funded representatives, we aim to attend substantive asylum interviews with our clients, because we believe that this is a necessary part of representing our clients.
Asylum Aid is able to provide interpreters for our clients where needed. We are happy to represent clients of all nationalities and backgrounds.
We specialise in representing women, who make up at least 50% of our clients. All women clients are offered the choice of having a woman legal representative.
If we are unable to help, please see our guide to finding other legal representation.