Refugee Support (Devon)

Immigration Clinic

In June 2018 we were awarded accreditation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide level one immigration advice via a free weekly clinic. RSD is the only organisation to offer this service for free in the whole of the south-west of England.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1143884)

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Situation

Refugees and asylum seekers face many legal and procedural problems. Even simple immigration processes can be confusing and costly to the individuals we help, most of whom are on low incomes or are without recourse to public funds. Immigration advice is a regulated service for which Legal Aid is only available in a very limited number of situations, and it is a criminal offence for individuals or organisations to offer immigration advice without the appropriate accreditation.

Solution

In June 2018 RSD's Casework Coordinator and three RSD volunteers were awarded accreditation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide level one immigration advice, as a result of which we can now offer a free weekly immigration clinic to our clients. RSD is extremely proud to be the only organisation in the south-west of England offering this service for free. We hope in the future, if there is sufficient need, to obtain level 2 accreditation.