Asylum & Refugee Law

Two Free Legal Workshops on housing and community care

on 26th May 2017 and 5th June 2017

MTG Solicitors agreed to offer two free legal workshops in the areas of housing and community care. They are aimed for community workers and volunteers to gain confidence in these areas of law, know people’s rights and how and who to refer for legal support. All are welcome. It would be helpful if you could let us know if you can attend but it is not not essential to book.

+ Housing rights – Friday 26th May 2017,  2:00 PM-4::00 PM at St John’s Church, Church Avenue, Southall UB2 4DH. Contact: Idina, tel: 020-8574-0722. (Parking will be available in the Vicarage) 

+ Community Care (Health and Social Care rights of adults and children) – Monday 5th June, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at St Anselm’s Parish Centre. Contact: Jan, tel: 0757-294-2799.

 

Three Asylum & Immigration Workshops in May 2014

In the last twelve months there have been many new changes and new obstacles in the areas of asylum, refugee and immigration law in the UK. If you feel confused about the language, procedures, categories and terminology or need some explanation of the immigration rules and the impact to the legal aid cuts, please join us on:

+ Friday 16th  May, from 7.30 PM to 9.00 PM

Part 1: Refugee Status;

Part 2: Visa & Immigration: Visit, Study, Work, Families, While in the UK, Settling in the UK.

+ Friday 23rd  May, from 7.30 PM to 9.00 PM

Part 1: Humanitarian Protection;

Part 2: EU Nationals

+ Friday  30th May, from 7.30 PM to 9.00 PM

Part 1: Discretionary Leave & Appeals;

Part 2: British Citizenship.

Venue: Saint Anselm’s Rectory (back room)

These sessions will enable you to understand the basic principles and categories of refugee, asylum and immigration law, which in turn will help you in your future decisions to seek any necessary expert advice.

A registered immigration advisor will take part in each workshop. There will be an opportunity to make an appointment for informal legal advice (at a later date / outside the sessions).

The workshops are free of charge and everyone is welcome.

If you have any questions or topics of interest, feel free to email them in advance.

For more information please contact:

Mr Jan Janoszka, LL.M – Pastoral Assistant; member of ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association)

Tel: 020 8574 3300 (parish office);
Tel: 0757-294-2799 (mobile);
E-mail janj@rcdow.org.uk .

 

A Legal Update, December 2013 – January 2014

At the end of November I participated at the ILPA AGM and Conference 2013, which took place at the Directory of Social Change, London. According to Adrian Berry, ILPA’s Chair, in the last 12 months there have been many obstacles created by the current coalition government in the areas of immigration, asylum and human rights law, e.g.:

– legal aid for access to justice

– the application of human rights

– rights of appeal

– the scope of judicial review as a legal remedy.

The Annual ILPA Report 2013 states that the impact of the legal aid cuts has been severe and the Immigration Bill goes even further. It contains measures that will drive migrants into the hands of unscrupulous landlords or on to the streets by shutting them out of lawful private tenancies, and which will prevent or hinder them from accessing necessary health care. These measures will render many migrants vulnerable to further exploitation when they come into force (pp. 2-7).

Please read the ILPA information sheet published on the 20th of December 2013:

Info-Sheet_Legal-Aid.Dec.2013 .

Two NCLS Immigration Workshops in 2013.

In August and October 2013 our parish hosted two successful immigration workshops during which the members of the New Citizens Legal Service (NCLS), Bekele Woyecha and Carina Crawford-Rolt, and legal advisers from Westkin Associates, guided us through the complexities of immigration law. They also:

– provided the participants with a free and confidential one to one advice session;

– referred cases to their trustworthy and affordable advisers/solicitors;

– mapped good and bad immigration advice in our communities and how to take action on “cowboy lawyers”;

Thanks to our guests and their shared expertise we have a better understanding of what good quality immigration advice is and how the local faith communities can work together for the common good.

A  Series of Asylum & Refugee Law Awareness Workshops in 2012 and 2013.

St Anselm’s had run seven free and informative sessions on Saturday evenings in October, November and December 2012. The sessions were delivered in an informal but friendly way and they were for everyone who was interested in and wanted to learn more about the relevance of both the law relating to existing categories and the new provisions applying to some vulnerable immigrant communities/groups.

asylum_refugeeprotestWe also offered another series of free workshops on Friday evenings in 2013 on June 7th, 14th and 21st.

We concentrated on some important updates regarding Legal Aid but also discussed the following topics: Key concepts, terms and categories (asylum, refugee, human rights, immigration law); UK Asylum application process; The structure of appeal rights and asylum support; The 1951 Refugee Convention, refugee status determination; The Statements of changes to the Immigration Rules;

After each session there were many opportunities to clarify personal cases/circumstances in order to write and submit an initial report to the New Citizens Legal Service (NCLS).

It is worth mentioning that a number of similar issues were discussed during the event on Fri 17th of May 2013 when a group of 25-30 attendees listened to our guests:

* Carina Crawford-Rolt, introduced a project set up by Citizens UK Diaspora Caucus: The New Citizens Legal Service ( access to high quality, affordable and trustworthy legal advice; referrals service; how to navigate the immigration system);

* Sr Margaret Baxter SSMN, told us about the Jesuit Refugee Services Detention Outreach programme (e.g. visiting in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook, letter writing, solicitor liaison service, signposting and pastoral support); Link: JRS-UK .

If you need help and wish to access the NCLS or would like to volunteer/support Jesuit Refugee Services, please contact:

jan2Mr Jan Janoszka LL.M

Tel: 0757-294-2799

Tel: 020 8574 3300 (parish office).

Email: janj@rcdow.org.uk .