Our lawyers are assisted by trained and supervised law students. The service is offered for free to those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer privately elsewhere.
In very few cases, our lawyers are able to help people write and submit their application, but unfortunately we cannot offer this service to everyone we advise.
We have a limited number of appointments between October and December, and between February and May. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment. If you would like an appointment it is best to contact us by mid-October for October to December appointments, and mid-February for February to May appointments.
Please send an email with the detail about your case, attaching documents if possible. We aim to get back to you within seven days to let you know whether we will be able to advise you.
If you are looking at this website from outside the UK, and you don’t have UK based relatives who may be able to sponsor you, you need to know that UK based lawyers are not allowed to arrange transport to the UK for refugees. Also, the UK government does not have a visa route for applying for a visa as a refugee from outside the UK. You have to get here first.
A group of UK lawyers and activists have established https://advice-ukraine.co.uk/ a fast and easy way for Ukrainians to seek free UK legal advice from qualified lawyers in the current emergency.
- the email address for advice-seekers
- the email address for UK qualified lawyers to volunteer to take on a case to advise. If the referral is accepted, the person becomes that lawyer’s client for the advice.
Please see below for what work the Law Clinic does – advice on family reunion for people with relatives in the UK with refugee or humanitarian visas, and advice on fresh asylum claims for Afghans already in the UK.
For people from Afghanistan who live in Merseyside and want to make an asylum claim (including a fresh claim)
If you live in Merseyside and are from Afghanistan, you may be able to make a claim for asylum. If you have made an asylum claim in the past and the Home Office has refused your claim, this would be a fresh claim or further submissions. If you are here as a visitor, student or have some other form of temporary permission to stay, this would be an initial asylum claim. We may be able to advise you and help you to make a claim.
The Law Clinic may be able to advise you live in the Merseyside region, and you have refugee status or humanitarian protection granted by the UK Home Office and you have close relatives in Afghanistan, or if you have close relatives who are refugees in Lebanon, Jordan or Iraq. We take a very small number of cases because we work with the help of students.
If either of these apply we may be able to advise you. Please contact us.
Because of the Taliban taking over in Afghanistan, the UK government has said that it will re-settle some refugees from Afghanistan, and the scheme is very likely to operate through United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The most important thing you can do is register with UNHCR and tell them about any links you already have with the UK and tell them that you want to settle here. The UNHCR has some limited reasons for resettling people, and will look at family links, but in the end it is the government of the country where you want to settle which will decide if you can come here. It is not a visa application and so is not something UK lawyers can help you apply for.
The UNHCR scheme operates for refugees in other countries.
The British Red Cross has some information on contacts in Afghanistan: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/find-missing-family
Liverpool Law Clinic and Aslyum Aid Statelessness Briefing - Ongoing challenges - December 2020
- Download the full briefing: LLC - AA Statelessness Briefing - Ongoing challenges - Dec 20 (pdf)
- View the UNHCR Audit Report
- Read the Home Office Response
- Read the Free Movement blog article: 'Expert Report Finds Room for Improvement in UK's Statelessness System'
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