The fantastic team of volunteers at BRR is fundamental to the work of the organisation. Without the energy and commitment of volunteers we simply could not deliver our services.
Are you waiting for a decision about your asylum claim?
Have you been refused asylum?
Have you been trafficked to the UK?
Are you a migrant without secure immigration status and are you at risk of homelessness?
We may be able to help you.
asylum support entitlements
Understanding the Asylum System
Explaining letters and helping respond
Finding a solicitor or addressing problems with a solicitor
Problems with National Asylum Support Service (NASS) support or accommodation
Problems with healthcare, education or social services
The Help Desk can deal with many types of problems on the day, however more complex issues may require you to make an appointment to see a specialist.
Volunteer interpreters maybe be provided, but if no one is available we will use phone interpreters.
Parents may be able to leave their preschool children with the Early Years Project creche.
We are registered with the Offices of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), Ref No. N201600021, and a number of our staff and volunteers are qualified to provide advice up to OISC Level 3 for asylum and up to Level 2 for immigration. We provide immigration advice in compliance with current OISC Regulations but we can only provide immigration advice to people who are members of BRR.
We do not currently provide OISC representation or casework but support our members to understand what is happening with their immigration case, the stage they are at in the process and what their options are. If they don’t have anyone to represent them, we will support them to find someone.
If we cannot help you, or if you are not able to become a BRR member, we will try and find another organisation that can help. You can also find out about different organisations in Bristol on the Welcome Centre page.
If you are struggling with an asylum claim, or need more information about how to start a claim, you might find the Right to Remain Tookit useful.
The Toolkit gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else.
As well as a comprehensive written guide, the Toolkit also contains several helpful videos which are available in 5 languages: English, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and French.
The Toolkit is available on the Right to Remain website.
Bristol Law Centre run an Immigration and Asylum Drop In the first Wednesday of every month 3-5pm. They can help with:
There are more details on their website.
The advice team also runs a project supporting new asylum seekers to navigate the complex process of claiming asylum. While going through a claim the Bristol Refugee Rights member meets regularly with a dedicated volunteer mentor. Our aim is that this service provides a sense of continuity and stability during this stressful time.