Dear Friends, Clients and Supporters of MBP,
We are currently operating a different, reduced service and will continue to do so until the end of the current lockdown in England.
Our phonelines are currently staffed every day between 9am and 11am. Calls made outside this time will be directed to our voicemail and called back as soon as we can.
We are still very much open for appeal matters and referrals should be made using the usual referral form (please contact the office on 0113 350 8608 for guidance if needed).
Any other urgent matters will also be prioritised (we deem an ‘urgent matter’ to be a matter that, for example, would cause loss of liberty, imminent removal from the UK or destruction of appeal rights if not dealt with promptly). If you are unsure if a matter is ‘urgent’, please get in touch and we can direct you accordingly.
We are also running a telephone outreach programme as our partner organisations who host our sessions are unable to safely host during lockdown. To access this service, please contact St Vincent’s Leeds on 0113 248 4126 or the MB office on 0113 350 8608. Your details will be passed to our Outreach Caseworker who can then arrange for you to be contacted to discuss the matter. All matters, both Immigration and Asylum related, can be dealt with using this service. This service is designed for clients to use directly and any third party callers (for example, fellow third sector asylum organisations) should call the office directly for assistance.
All other matters will recommence once lockdown is over. Many of our staff are unable to work at normal capacity due to either lack of childcare or shielding vulnerabilities and the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff is our upmost priority.
We are still here and still open so please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward very much to resuming normal service soon.
Clients can refer themselves or be referred via another support organisation. On receipt of a referral, their case is reviewed by an Immigration Caseworker and, if accepted, will be allocated to one of our Caseworkers or pro bono Legal Teams.
Please note, all referrals are subject to screening, and acceptance of a case is dependant upon the capacity of the charity to accept new cases.
We can only accept appeals to the First Tier Tribunal.
Please click the Appeal Referral Form link below to download a referral form and return it to us via email, fax, post, or deliver it to us in person to our offices based in Leeds. Please contact us for any further assistance regarding appeals referral.
- We can only help with Fresh Claims for asylum for those whose first asylum application has been refused, and who are unable to obtain legal aid
- The only way to refer/self refer a Fresh Claim is by attending one of our drop-In sessions;
- Every Thursday 10am – 12pm at St. Vincent De Paul’s, Curtis Building, 4 Berking Avenue, Leeds, LS9 9LF.
- Every Wednesday 10am – 12pm at Wakefield City of Sanctuary, Thornhill Street (Off George Street), Wakefield, WF1 1NQ
- Each client will have a 15 minute slot with a qualified Immigration Caseworker who will assess their case and make a decision as to whether we can assist them
- If we are able to assist a client they will be informed of this during their consultation, and added to our waiting list for allocation to a caseworker. They will receive a letter confirming approximate waiting times for this, we expect this to be between 6-10 weeks. Due to limited resources we are unable to update clients during the period between consultation and case allocation, but will contact them once we are able to commence work on their case; we appreciate your understanding with this.
We are unable to help with:
- Initial asylum claims
- Applications for permission to appeal
- Judicial Reviews
- Other non-asylum immigration matters
- Client’s travel expenses and costs related to medical reports, expert reports and translations
If you are an asylum seeker requiring practical and/or emotional support, please visit our Useful Links page for more information on local organisations providing these services.