Immigration Law – Advice & Casework

 

Domestic Violence and Immigration

If you are in the UK with leave to remain as a spouse/partner of a British national or person who holds Indefinite Leave to Remain and you suffer Domestic Violence you could request to be granted the right to live indefinite in the UK by completing form SET (DV) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-settle-in-uk-form-setdv. If you do not have the fees of £2389 for the application you could ask for a fee exemption.

Before submitting the SET (DV) application we advise you to request a temporary visa valid for 3 months under the Destitution Domestic Violence Concession https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-benefits-for-visa-holder-domestic-violence. This is a temporary visa that allows you to access public funds. The SET (DV) form has to be submitted before the temporary visa expires.

Remember that domestic violence is not only physical violence. It could be verbal, psychological, etc. If you think you are a victim of Domestic Violence we suggest you to contact one of these organisations http://lawadv.org.uk/en/ , http://www.lawrs.org.uk/ and that you come to see us to discuss your immigration matter at one of our drop-ins which take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 5pm. If you cannot come send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Violencia Doméstica e inmigración

Si te encuentras en el Reino Unido con una visa de esposa/pareja de Británico o persona con “Indefinite Leave to Remain” y sufres violencia doméstica puedes solicitar la residencia indefinida usando el siguiente formulario SET (DV)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-settle-in-uk-form-setdv

Si no tienes los £2389 que cuesta la aplicación puedes solicitar que te exenten del pago. 

Antes de realizar la solicitud SET (DV), te aconsejamos que solicites una visa temporal de 3 meses bajo la “Destitution Domestic Violence Concession” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-benefits-for-visa-holder-domestic-violence. Esta es una visa temporal que te permite acceder a fondos públicos. Tendrás que enviar la solicitud SET (DV) antes de que la visa temporal venza.

Recuerda: la violencia doméstica no solamente es física. También puede ser verbal, psicológica, etc. Si piensas que eres víctima de violencia domestica te recomendamos que contactes a alguna de estas organizaciones http://lawadv.org.uk/en/ , http://www.lawrs.org.uk/ y que nos visites en Latin American House para discutir tu asunto migratorio. Nuestros drop-ins tienen lugar los Miércoles y Jueves de 10:30am a 5:30pm. Si no puedes asistir, envía un email a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Issues: Immigration, asylum, nationality, detention.

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  • Drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 3 pm (we see 15 people on average each week).
  • Drop-in sessions every Thursday from 10.30 am (we see 8 people on average each week).
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supported more than 800 people in 2018

 

In 2018 we provided free legal advice to more than 800 people in connection with their immigration matters. Our Immigration Law Advice and Casework Service was funded by Trust for London and provided by our in-house solicitor.

The majority of the advice provided was about residence for EU nationals and their family members. We also advised people regarding acquisition of British citizenship, extension of leave to remain, visas for spouses of British nationals, appeals, Judicial reviews, etc.

Our challenges for 2019 are a few and complex. From 30 March 2019 all Europeans and their family members will need to register under the new settlement scheme and therefore we will spend a great part of our time and resources advising people on that subject. We will do this without forgetting those who contact us regarding other immigration matters and prioritising vulnerable people.

 

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Our Immigration Law Advice and Casework Service is funded by Trust for London and is provided by our in-house solicitor.