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Immigration and asylum law advice

We have three immigration and asylum law advice lines: our EU settlement scheme advice line; our immigration and asylum law advice line; and our professionals' advice line.

We have three immigration advice lines. You may not be eligible for all of them so please check the criteria before calling.

Calls are charged at local rates. Please note that calls made outside the opening hours will not be answered but will still be charged when connecting to our voicemail service. Our voicemail service will inform you about our service’s opening hours but does not accept messages.

Legal update for non European Union carers of British children: you may be able to apply for status under the EU settlement scheme. See here for further details. Contact our EU Settlement Scheme advice line for legal advice on your eligibility.

Interpreting services

We are offer telephone interpreting services on our advice lines. You will need to tell the adviser what language you speak and will be put on hold while we call the interpreting service.

Immigration and asylum law advice line

This line is for women who need advice on their immigration status. We can advise you on:

  • immigration law including domestic violence and family/private life
  • claiming asylum
  • trafficking
  • financial support options including for women with no recourse to public funds

Call: 020 7490 7689

Opening hours:

Mondays 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Thursdays 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Please note the advice line is closed on bank holidays.

EU settlement scheme advice line

This line is for vulnerable women who are themselves an EU citizen (including EEA and Swiss) or are the current or former family member of an EU citizen and need advice on their immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

This line is for women who have experienced violence against women and girls (including domestic abuse, sexual violence, trafficking, modern slavery, so-called honour-based violence and female genital mutilation).

We can advise on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme including helping you to understand:

  • what the EU Settlement Scheme is
  • what criteria you need to meet
  • how to make an application
  • what documents you will need to apply
  • what type of status you are eligible for

We do not advise on issues unrelated to the EU Settlement Scheme on this advice line.

Call: 020 7118 0267

Usual opening hours:

Tuesdays 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Wednesdays 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Please note the advice line is closed on bank holidays.

Professionals’ advice line

Our Professionals’ Advice Line is for non-legal professionals and OISC registered advisers supporting vulnerable migrant women. Click here to view the Terms of Reference for our Professionals’ Advice Line (PAL).

Call: 020 8138 8028

Opening hours

This line operates fortnightly and is scheduled to be open on the following dates:

Dates in 2024
  • 12th and 26th January
  • 9th and 23rd February
  • 8th and 22nd March
  • 5th and 19th April
  • 3rd, 17th and 31st May
  • 14th and 28th June
  • 12th and 26th July
  • 9th and 23rd August
  • 6th and 20th September
  • 4th and 18th October
  • 1st, 15th and 29th November
  • 13th December
Fridays 10am – 12pm

Professionals may also be interested in joining our Women’s Migration and Asylum Network.

Other advice lines

Criminal law advice

Our criminal law advice line can advise you on: sexual offences including rape and sexual assault; domestic violence, harassment and stalking; coercive and controlling behaviour; reporting offences to the police and the criminal justice system; criminal injuries compensation; complaints about the police and other criminal justice bodies.

Family law advice

Our family law advice lines can advise you on: domestic violence and abuse; divorce, finances and property on relationship breakdown; cohabitation, finances and property on relationship breakdown; parental responsibility and arrangements for children; lesbian parenting.

Sexual harassment at work advice

Our sexual harassment at work advice line can advise you on: identifying sexual harassment; how to bring a complaint against your employer; advice about grievances and investigations; The Employment Tribunal procedures; Settlement Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

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