Q. Do I need a legal representative to complete and submit an application on my behalf?
A. No you don’t. You are perfectly entitled to make an application without professional help. You will simply need to pay the Home Office fees.
Q. Does the Law Centre’s fee include Home Office fees and any other disbursements?
A. No they don’t. When we discuss the cost of the application, we will make clear of the Home office fees, our fees and any other expenses that are likely to incur. We will breakdown these costs so you are in the clear.
Q. Are the Law centre fees fixed or hourly?
A. The fees quoted by us are fixed. They cover all correspondence, expertise and time take to complete the agreed task in particular. Further work that cannot be envisaged is quoted as a new matter.
Q. When is the Law Centre Open ?
A. We are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday (exc. bank holidays).
Q. If I need advice or representation, do I need an appointment?
A. Yes it is better you call us or pop in to make an appointment to ensure we can provide you with adequate time. However, we have an informal arrangement here so you may wish to pop in and see if we are free to see you.
Q. Will I be dealt with by different people at the Law Centre throughout my case?
A. No. You will have a dedicated caseworker who will remain responsible on your case from the beginning to end. On a rare occasion you may be helped by another experienced member.
Q. Are the Law Centre fees inclusive of VAT?
A. Yes. All fees relating to immigration are inclusive of VAT so that there are no unexpected surprises later.
Q. I am on benefits, do I qualify for legal aid?
A. No unfortunately. Most immigration, EEA or nationality applications are no longer in scope of legal aid funding regardless of your means. This has been in force since April 2013.
Q. Why is the Law Centre charging me for advice or representation?
A. Legal aid funding is no longer provided for Immigration applications in the UK or overseas. This is a national issue for all Legal Aid solicitors and law centres. As funding is cut we must secure alternative ways to maintain the survival of the service.
Q. Is legal Aid available at all?
A. yes but in only specific cases. Legal aid is still available for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors in the UK, victims of domestic violence and victims of trafficking.
Please contact us if you have any further questions on immigration and asylum