Clients can refer themselves or be referred via another asylum seeker support organisation. On receipt of a referral, their case is reviewed by an Immigration Specialist and depending on availability; allocated to one of our Caseworkers or pro bono Legal Teams.


  • We can only accept Appeals to the First Tier Tribunal

  • Whoever is referring the client will need to provide the following:

    • Reasons for Refusal Letter

    • Dates of their Hearing(s) if the Appeal already been lodged

    • Notice of Immigration Decision if the Appeal hasn’t been lodged

    • The client’s ARC card

  • These can all be sent via email, fax, post or brought into the office by hand.

  • In order to refer an Appeal, please call the office on 0113 350 8608 or email

Fresh Claims

  • We can help with Fresh Claims for asylum from those whose first application has been dismissed

  • The only way to refer/self refer a Fresh Claim is by attending our drop-In session we hold every Thursday 10am -12pm at St. Vincent’s Leeds, Curtis Building, 4 Berking Avenue, Leeds, LS9 9LF.

  • Each client will have a 15 minute slot with a qualified Immigration Specialist who will assess their case and make a decision as to whether we can support them.

  • If we are able to support a client they will be added to our waiting list which is currently about 8 weeks long. Due to limited resource we are unable to update clients during this period and will just 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.

Our criteria for helping an asylum seeker

  • They must have an Appeal to the First Tier Tribunal or a Fresh Claim case.

  • They must have no current representative and be unable to obtain one; and

  • They must be unable to pay for a representative – this usually means they will be destitute or receiving asylum support; and

  • Their case must be an application for asylum or a claim based on article 3 of ECHR – i.e. they are at risk of inhuman or degrading treatment, or persecution.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our office is for administrative use only and we will not be able to see clients there.

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