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Immigration and Asylum Advice

The Law Centre provides free, independent advice on a wide range of immigration and asylum law issues

Legal Aid

We can take on cases under legal aid in the following areas:

We may be able to provide representation at immigration and asylum appeals for these cases.

Click here for a list of papers to bring to the Law Centre when seeking Immigration Advice.

Other immigration issues

Through our telephone advice line we can give one-off advice on the following areas, which are no longer covered under legal aid funding:
  • Family applications including visa applications
  • Article 8 claims
  • Extensions of leave to remain and applications for indefinite leave to remain
  • Applications for citizenship
  • European Economic Area free movement rights
  • Nationality

    We will not be able to undertake ongoing casework or appeals representation for these cases.

    This service is available to Bristol and South Gloucestershire residents only.

    Click here for a list of papers to bring to the Law Centre when seeking Immigration Advice.

    Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women's Project

    The Law Centre started a new free legal project in April 2013 to add to its existing legal aid and advice services. The aim of the project is to give expert legal advice to refugee and asylum seeking women in Bristol and the South West. This includes advice in areas which have been excluded by recent cutbacks in legal aid.
    The project currently runs drop-in advice sessions at the Malcolm X Centre with Bristol Refugee Rights, and across Bristol with other partner agencies.
    You can contact the project on: 0117 916 7715 or preferably email at indranic@ablc.org.uk and we will get back to you.
    Please note that although appointments can be made by email, we cannot give immigration advice by email.
    This project is funded by Comic Relief.

    Immigration training

    We can provide training for other agencies and community groups on immigration issues by arrangement.

    How to contact us

    Advice line

    The asylum and immigration advice line runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11.00 am and 12 noon.
    The advice line only covers people living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The number is 0117 916 7733.

    Referrals to the immigration team

    People eligible for legal aid can be referred to the Law Centre by advice and support organisations in the Bristol area. A referral form in available on request.

    Referrals to the immigration team

    People eligible for legalaid can be referred to the Law Centre by advice and support organisations in the Bristol area. A referral form is available on request.

    General Enquiries: 0117 9248662
    Fax: 0117 924 8020
    Minicom: 0117 924 5573
    EMail: mail@ablc.org.uk

    Other useful websites

    Please note that we cannot vouch for the content of these external websites.

    Asylum Aid. An independent, national charity assisting refugees in the UK.

    UK Home Office. Website of the UK Border Agency. Contains information about UK law and policy and offers a facility to download application forms.

    Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). National campaigning organisation on immigration issues. Also provides a telephone advice line.

    Electronic Immigration Network. A useful resources page contains extensive links to agencies concerned with UK and international immigration and asylum issues.

    Immigration Advisory Service UK. A national independent charity providing free immigration advice and appeal representation.

    Direct Gov. This website provides an introduction to legal aid and contains information about how to get help or find an adviser.