Asylum & Immigration

Important Note: it is a criminal offence for a person who is neither registered, authorised nor exempt to provide immigration or asylum advice or representation in the course of a business.

This means that, while I can give general advice and information regarding asylum or immigration and can contact the authorities on your behalf to investigate issues or complaints about your case, I cannot provide advice specific to your case or give specialist advice about how you should apply.  If you are considering applying for asylum or immigration, you should contact a specialist solicitor or advice centre in the first instance.  These are listed below.

emlc logoEthnic Minorities Law Centre

Glasgow Office: 2nd Floor, 41 St Vincent place, G1 2ER, Tel: 0141 204 2888

The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (EMLC) provides legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, as well as training and second-tier advice to Citizens Advice Bureaux and other advice agencies across the country, and focuses on providing bilingual and culturally sensitive service.

We operate out of offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as having a number of projects which extend our services to individuals living in 11 local authority areas stretching across the country.

gcin logoGovan Communtiy Project

The Minister’s Room, Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Road, G51 3UU, Tel: 0141 445 3718

Govan Community Project is a community based organisation working in south west Glasgow. Originally a response of community and church members to the needs of newly arrived asylum seekers, the project has developed over the years to become a local charity working with and for all the diverse communities of the Greater Govan area.

Govan Community Project provides direct services such as weekly drop-ins, advice, information and advocacy, cultural events, a community flat, English classes, destitution food project, hate-crime reporting and an interpreting service. In addition the network facilitates forums bringing together public, voluntary and community organisations with local people to help plan public services, promote equal rights and opportunities and cross-cultural understanding, and to build bonds and links within and between communities.

* free lunch * advice and information for asylum seekers and refugees * housing information * assistance finding courses/job-search * free access to internet and computers * arts & crafts activities * asylum seeker and refugee women’s group * listening and support *Men’s Group * Homework Club * food parcels * interpreting * friendship * volunteering * community events * network meetings *

Law Society of Scotland

Atria One, 144 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8EX, Tel: 0131 226 7411

The Law Society of Scotland’s ‘Find A Solicitor’ service allows you to find all solicitors in Glasgow who specialise in asylum and/or immigration, allowing you to find the right specialist solicitor for your application.  It is strongly recommended you seek professional, specialist advice prior to beginning of the application, as well as during the process.

scottish ref logoScottish Refugee Council

5 Cadogan Square, G2 7PH, Tel: 0141 248 9799

Our current services include:

Refugee Integration Service
Our caseworkers in the Refugee Integration Service work with new refugees and family members of refugees reunited in Scotland to assist them in integrating into the country. We assist people granted Refugee Status, Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain to learn about and access their rights and entitlements.

Our caseworkers provide advice and assistance in a range of areas, including housing, welfare rights, and employability as well as encourage people to actively participate in their communities and wider society.

Family Key Work Service
Our Family Key Work Service offers specialised advice and support to asylum seeking families with children aged from 0-8 years to help them navigate the asylum system. Support is for at least six months after arrival or dispersal to Scotland. We focus on early identification of the needs of parents and children and building families’ understanding of asylum, health, and education and other UK and Scottish systems.

Scottish Guardianship Service
The Scottish Guardianship Service, delivered in partnership between Aberlour Child Care Trust and Scottish Refugee Council, helps unaccompanied young people going through the asylum system. The guardians act as independent advocates and assist young people throughout the complex and often confusing asylum process. They ensure children have access to the help they need to make informed decisions about their future.

Destitute Asylum Seeker Service
The Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS) assists refused asylum seekers who are known as ARE (Appeal Rights Exhausted) to find a route out of destitution and resolve their situation.

This service is led by Refugee Survival Trust which works in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross, University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, Glasgow Night Shelter, Fasgadh and Arise & Walk.

Community Engagement
We work with refugees wishing to set up their own representative organisations or receive communities providing services to support asylum seekers and refugees or promoting integration locally.
We work alongside local development workers and other capacity building agencies to achieve this. We also work to influence policy and strategy in this area alongside other partners such as the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum and Refugee Women’s Strategy Group.