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Immigration Cases

 Brexit 

 

Southwark Law Centre is running a project to support vulnerable European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members to make complex applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. We offer second tier advice by phone and email 5 days a week to advisers working with vulnerable EEA clients, and we can accept referrals for vulnerable and complex cases.

Almost all EEA nationals and their family members need to apply the EU Settlement Scheme to be able to stay in the UK after Brexit. Most applications are made using the Home Office’s mobile phone app and online. Those who have been resident in the UK for over five years can get indefinite leave to remain known as ‘settled status’, and those who have been resident in the UK for less than five years can get limited leave to remain known as ‘pre-settled status’. In the event of a no-deal Brexit the deadline for applications will be 31 December 2020, whereas if we leave the EU with a deal the deadline will be 30 June 2021. It is crucial for EEA nationals and their family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to avoid becoming overstayers when these deadlines have passed.

For many people these applications should be fairly straightforward. However, for those with complex cases and vulnerabilities the applications can be a lot more difficult.

 

 The application process has strict requirements about evidence of residency and identity, along with suitability requirements which can be triggered by criminal convictions and previous immigration offences. In particular, people in the following situations may need extra support in making their applications:

People who have been homeless

Looked after children

Victims of domestic violence

People with criminal convictions

People who have previously been removed or deported from the UK

Those with capacity concerns

People with serious physical or mental health conditions

Those with derivative rights to reside in the UK (eg Zambrano carers, Chen carers, Ibrahim/Texeira carers, Surinder Singh partners)

Dependant relatives (eg durable partners, adult dependant relatives)

People without valid identity documents

People who have received negative EU settlement decisions

 

 This list is not exhaustive, and we would be happy to give second tier advice or consider a referral for anybody who is vulnerable and has a complex EU Settlement case.

If you are part of an organisation working with a vulnerable EEA client, we can offer second tier advice on any issues you might be facing in making the client’s application. If you have a complex case for a vulnerable client we can also accept referrals.

 

Organisations can contact our EU Settlement Project team either:

By phone on 0207 732 2008. 

            - Our lines are open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5:30pm. Please ask to speak to the Duty Immigration Solicitor.

By email: EUSSproject@southwarklawcentre.org.uk

             - If you email us please include the client’s name, nationality, how long they have been in the UK, and a brief summary of their vulnerabilities and the complexities of the case.

 

 

If you are an individual in Southwark looking for advice, we apologise that we can only accept clients by referral from other organisations. If you need only basic assistance with the online application, Southwark Council has a drop in service with android devices people can use. This is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm, and the service is located at 34 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8QA. 

A number of other organisations are able to help with less complex cases. These can be found at 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-community-support-for-vulnerable-citizens/list-of-organisations

More information can also be found on Southwark Council’s website 

 

Immigration cases

 

The immigration team in Southwark Law Centre delivers specialist legal advice and assistance including outreach, telephone and email advice to frontline advice agencies and casework including appeals and judicial review.   

We do not have the capacity to take on a large number of cases, but we prioritise complex cases involving children, women who are at risk of violence, and individuals and families facing destitution and homelessness for reasons relating to immigration status.

For more information on immigration advice services in Southwark and Lewisham click here. Please note that Catford CAB has moved and is now Lewisham CAB Leemore Community Hub, Bonfield Road, Lewisham, SE13 5EU

 Long-term residents in the hostile environment

Including “the Windrush generation”

Briefing Paper

Southwark Law Centre & Migrant Legal Action on behalf of Southwark Legal Advice Network (SLAN)

May 2018

This guide is intended to give a basic overview of the position of undocumented, long-term residents in the uk

It is not a substitute for immigration advice 

Please see the immigration advice leaflet for further information on where to access immigration advice in Southwark and Lewisham www.southwarklawcentre.org.uk/immigration 

What is covered in this briefing

  •  The hostile environment
  • The Windrush generation
  • Who has a right to stay in the UK? - people who arrived before 1 January 1973
  • Who has a right to stay in the UK? - people who arrived on or after 1 January 1973
  • Obtaining citizenship or a document confirming indefinite leave to be in the UK
  • Evidence that you have obtained indefinite leave
  • Evidence that you have remained in the UK since obtaining indefinite leave
  • Other important rights to note
  • List of counties of the commonwealth 

Please click here to access the paper.

 

 

 

 

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Any personal data you give to the Law Centre, its staff and Volunteers for the purposes of seeking advice will be confidentially and securely stored in accordance with our data retention policy (a copy of which is available on request).  It will be held by the Law Centre as Data Controller and will only be used for the purposes of considering and where appropriate conducting your case. It will not be disclosed to any third parties and will be securely deleted in accordance with our data retention policy.  You have a right to be told what data we hold about you (though you are likely to have provided us with that data) and to have it corrected if it is wrong.  You may have other rights under the data protection legislation and you can find out more about these rights from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk

 

 

Privacy Notice

Any personal data you give to the Law Centre, its staff and Volunteers for the purposes of seeking advice will be confidentially and securely stored in accordance with our data retention policy (a copy of which is available on request).  It will be held by the Law Centre as Data Controller and will only be used for the purposes of considering and where appropriate conducting your case. It will not be disclosed to any third parties and will be securely deleted in accordance with our data retention policy.  You have a right to be told what data we hold about you (though you are likely to have provided us with that data) and to have it corrected if it is wrong.  You may have other rights under the data protection legislation and you can find out more about these rights from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk