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. 

Who is eligible?

Third-country nationals are defined as coming from countries outside of the EU, EEA and Switzerland. Students (who are expected to leave the UK after their course of studies concludes) and asylum-seekers are not eligible.

The focus is on advice and representation to third country nationals (TCNs) in Birmingham to reduce crisis and destitution. TCNs are nationals of countries outside of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. Students (who are expected to leave the UK after their course of studies concludes) and asylum-seekers are not eligible.

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 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.

 

Consultancy Helpline and Training

We can also provide advice to practitioners and frontline workers supporting third-country nationals to enable you to resolve their issue on any of the above legal areas.  For further information see here.

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