Legal Service - Immigrant Council of Ireland

By: Immigrant Council  05/12/2011
Keywords: Legal Service, referral service, Information And Referral Service

Thursday, 02 September 2010

The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is an Independent Law Centre under the Solicitors Acts, 1954 to 2002 (Independent Law Centres) Regulations 2006.

The ICI’s legal team can provide assistance and legal representation to individuals regarding their immigration status. This is a free, but limited, service for particularly complex situations or cases that give rise to specific policy concerns.

Our work with migrants through our Legal Service helps inform and shape our policy development and campaign work.

Clients are referred to our legal service through our Information and Referral Service or via other practitioners or organisations.

Because our capacity is limited, we select cases according to our strategic litigation policy. Resourcing constraints mean the legal service is not available in all cases. Cases are selected according to the following criteria:

• strategic importance of the case

• merits of the case

• availability of other advice and representation services

• vulnerability of the client

• financial means of the client

• timing of referral

• capacity

The ICI does not provide legal advice or representation in relation to applications for refugee status or subsidiary protection (with the exception of applications relating to victims of trafficking).

The Refugee Legal Service (

) is available to asylum or subsidiary protection applicants who require a free legal advice service. The Refugee Legal Service also provides legal aid and advice in appropriate cases on immigration and deportation matters. Other non-governmental organisations can also provide asylum or subsidiary protection applicants with information and support, for example, the Irish Refugee Council (

) and The Integration Centre (


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Information and Referral Service - Immigrant Council of Ireland

The Immigrant Council of Ireland’s Information and Referral Service offers comprehensive and detailed information about a broad range of issues related to migrants’ rights and entitlements and the Irish immigration system. Each year, the ICI deals with enquiries and requests for information and assistance related to immigration and integration issues from about 10,000 individuals and 250 organisations.