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Local refugee and migrant services

Islington Council benefits from the support, commitment and expertise of all its voluntary and community sector partners, including organisations who specialise in providing immigration advice. A list of refugee and migrant organisations active in Islington is also provided below, with more information available via the Directory.

Obtaining immigration advice

Immigration rules and application processes are complicated and accessing good quality immigration advice is the best first step in addressing issues with the Home Office. These are some of the specialist organisations that you may wish to contact for help:

For people on low incomes, and subject to capacity, the Islington Law Centre can provide expert advice for any type of immigration matter.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigration (JCWI) can offer free advice, including on whether you qualify for support under the Windrush Scheme.

The Unity Project helps people to complete Change of Conditions applications when this route is available for people on settlement routes but with NRPF as a condition.

The Ukraine Advice Project UK has been set-up to provide free advice to Ukranian citizens (and others fleeing Ukraine)

If you are an advice service who wishes to be added to this list, please contact the NRPF, Refugee and Migrant Service so we can include you.

Please refer to the advice on immigration status pages for further information about immigration options in the UK.

Islington Refugee Forum (IRF)

IRF is a refugee-led, independent organisation that works with refugees and refugee community organisations to ensure integration through dialogue, partnership, advocacy and empowerment.

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

Offers English language classes, practical support, and social activities to asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Provides tailored services around physical and mental wellbeing to most vulnerable people in North London communities. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm; tel: 020 7272 4231.

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation in Britain

Provides support to Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African women living in London. The service is provided in a women-only environment; tel: 020 7263 102.

If you are worried about your immigration status in the UK, then please refer in the first instance to our advice on immigration status page.

Islington Council’s commitment

Nobody in Islington should ever face exclusion from services, we will do our best to use existing statutory frameworks to help all residents, and we will remove barriers to people accessing services where this is appropriate. The Council invests in a range of support services that are designed to promote integration, wellbeing and financial independence, please make use of our advice page and contact us if you need more assistance.

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