As part of the 'Foundations to Integration' project, funded by Asylum and Migration Integration Fund (AMIF), our team in Birmingham provides legal support to third-country nationals in the city to reduce crisis and destitution. 

Consultancy Helpline and Training

If you are a practitioner supporting a third-country national (i.e. any nationals of countries outside of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland) then our team in Birmingham can support you to resolve their issue in any of the following legal areas:

Welfare Benefits

For welfare benefit advice our caseworkers can provide support on:

  • Any type of initial claim such as ESA, PIP, Housing Benefits, Tax Credits, Universal Credit etc. where clients need additional support to prove eligibility.
  • Refusals of benefits applications including mandatory reconsideration and representing at first tier tribunals.
  • Upper Tribunal cases – challenging decisions by the first-tier tribunal.

Immigration

For immigration advice our accredited legal advisors can provide support on:

  • We prioritise the following issues: leave to remain expiring within 2 weeks, clients who might be homeless/destitute, trafficking, family reunion.
  • The immigration team does not have the capacity to advise on issues such as: travel document applications and entry clearance cases.

Housing

For housing advice our caseworkers can provide support on:

  • Enquiries which fall into one of the following categories: possession, eviction, homelessness, homelessness review, injunctions, committals, unlawful eviction, or disrepair.

We also hold a monthly Birmingham Welfare Benefit and Immigration Practitioner Group. The Group is for frontline practitioners to share common issues surrounding welfare benefits and immigration and to collectively explore effective responses and challenges.

Recent topics have included: National Insurance number delays, effects of EUSS deadline on casework, non-EU family members and right to reside, and Judicial Review.

We will also soon be starting a series of training days on various legal topics. The first training session will be held mid-August by one of our immigration solicitors on applying for the Domestic Violence Concession and Leave to Remain as a victim of domestic violence.

We also hold specialisms in public law and health and social care. If you have a client that you are considering referring to us or require support in this area of law, please ring or email the team to discuss.

Contact

If you wish to refer clients for one-off advice/cases or seek practitioner support from CELC on any of the issues listed above then contact Birmingham Enquires: [email protected] or 0121 227 6540.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for the Birmingham Welfare Benefit and Immigration Practitioner Group and/or training sessions email [email protected].

Funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union