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Human Rights & Refugee Claims. At Lighthouse Solicitors we believe that solicitors also have a responsibility to use the law to advise and assist the most vulnerable members of society. Our lawyers have provided high quality representation to individuals who have suffered human rights abuses or face the risk of persecution in their countries of origin. The applications of the clients that we serve are based mostly on the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees and the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights.

We assist clients with initial asylum and human rights applications and appeals, fresh asylum applications and appeals and applications under the Case Resolution Programme and the Family ILR Exercise (“sometimes referred to as the family amnesty”).

The law relating to refugees and those seeking to remain in the U.K on human rights grounds is extremely complex. Early preparation is the key to improving chances of success in such cases particularly with the tight deadlines under the New Asylum Model for example. It is often difficult to find legal representatives who will competently prepare applications and appeals. We take on cases at different stages of the process and clients may often come to us where they have been previously refused and have been advised that legal aid is not available to take their case further. We have many examples of asylum or human rights applicants who have been wrongly told by their representatives that there are no merits in their case when we have subsequently taken on the case and have succeeded.

We offer  the following services to clients for human rights and asylum/
refugee claims
  1. One off consultation to clients regarding their options. 
  2. Full evaluation of your prospects of succeeding with your application or appeal. This includes a detailed analysis of your supporting evidence and a full written report covering all aspects of the rules, case law and application process.
  3. Full service including preparation of the application to the Border and Immigration Agency.
  4. Preparing and lodging notice of appeal and grounds of appeal in refused cases.
  5. Representation at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal on appeals
  6. Applications for Reconsideration to the AIT or the Administrative Court.
  7. Fresh applications and judicial review applications relating fresh applications.
  8. Advice and Assistance regarding the Case Resolution Programme (previously known as the Legacy Casework Programme)
  9. Human rights applications or appeals based solely on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to family and private life).
We emphasise to all clients that;
  • We have a professional duty of confidentiality to our clients
  • We have a professional duty not to mislead the Home Office in any way with regards to any aspect of our client's case. We will of course not make any dishonest representations.
  • We do no undertake legal aid work and clients should only instruct us if they are unable to or do not wish to instruct a legal aid representative as free legal advice and assistance is available for most individuals applying on human rights or asylum grounds to remain in the U.K (subject to financial means and merits) through Community Legal Advice.

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The Right to Marry in the UK and Closure of the Certificate of Approval Scheme on 9th May 2011.
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Changes to Student visas effective from 21 April 2011.
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Changes relating to Re-entry bans - reduced from 5 years to 2 years where individuals voluntarily return – April 2011.
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Post-Study Work (PSW) to close from April 2012.
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Changes affecting settlement applications - New criminality and income requirements – from 6th April 2011.
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Accreditation Requirements - Important news for Colleges and Universities under Tier 4.
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Faster routes for settlement for Investors and Entrepreneurs under Tier 1 – March 2011.
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Closure of Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) – 10 March 2011.
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Tier 2 - skilled workers: Changes to Tier 2 (General) – limit on visas, changes to Shortage occupations list and Graduate level requirements started. – March 2011.
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