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8 Claiming Asylum
7. Where can I get help with my claim?
If you do not have enough money to pay for legal representation, you should be able to get specialist advice free of charge. This is available through solicitors and voluntary organisations who have a contract with the Legal Services Commission. Two of the larger organisations that can provide advice are the Refugee Legal Centre and the Immigration Advisory Service. See 'Further help' for details on how to contact them.
Also, free services are provided by other organisations and some local agencies, particularly law centres. The one-stop service or a Citizens Advice Bureau can help you find these, though you may not be able to find a legal adviser to help you immediately.
If you have been detained and you can't get to any of these organisations, you should try to contact one by phone or speak to a member of the visitors' group. This is a group of volunteers who visit people who are detained, and can put you in touch with services outside.
Your adviser must tell you in writing:
It is against the law for organisations to offer advice or help with asylum cases unless they are solicitors or on the register of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Anyone who offers advice that isn't free must always tell you that free advice is also available.
This leaflet was written in association with the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and Mick Chatwin, a barrister and solicitor specialising in immigration law.
Leaflet version: April 2016